Cattle thief brutally beaten by angry mob

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The cattle at the heart of the dispute. (Photo: Tumelo waga Dibakwane )

Tumelo waga Dibakwane

A 35-year old man and his wife were brutally beaten by an angry mob in connection with cattle theft in Tonga on Tuesday afternoon.  The couple was captured at their place of residence after eight cattle believed to have been stolen from the Schoemansdal area were reportedly found in their kraal and three had already been sold.

They were rescued by police who have opened a stock theft case for investigation and the man will appear before the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court in absentia as he is currently recuperating in hospital.

The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma appealed to the community to refrain from taking the law into their own hands but to report criminals to the police.