A near bloodbath played itself out at the corner of Devenish and Onder streets on Saturday afternoon when angry community members took the law into their own hands and attacked a a 32-year-old man from Ga-Dikgale who is accused of allegedly raping a teenager.
The man was severely beaten and only the intervention of an off duty Police officer prevented him from being killed. He is still in a critical condition in the Polokwane Provincial Hospital.
Two women, aged 27 and 39, appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of attempted murder following the assault.
Polokwane Police Spokesperson Lesiba Ramoshaba confirmed the incident and said a case of attempted murder is being investigated. He could, however, not provide the outcome of the case before court as it was transferred to another investigating officer who could not be located at the time of going to print. Polokwane Observer also learnt that Police are hot on the trial of a taxi driver who was also allegedly involved in the assault but fled the scene when Police arrived. The mob allegedly attacked the man after allegations of him raping a teenager were made. It is reported that he was also stoned which resulted in severe head injuries.
Tume Ramahlaha, an off-duty member of the Provincial Police Structure saw the episode and approached the scene. Ramahlaha reportedly had no identification with him but protected the victim by convincing the mob not to take the law into their own hands while he also called for backup.
“Though the man is accused of rape, no one has the right to kill another. I am really moved by the heroic act of Ramahlaha who remained calm and protected the victim until his colleagues arrived on the scene,” an eyewitness said.