Police take in 87 suspects for questioning after Lesotho murders

Police take in 87 suspects for questioning after Lesotho murders

- South African police arrested 87 people for questioning after the death of 9 Lesotho nationals

- The dead people were found lying in the streets in Matholeville, Gauteng

- An ongoing hunt for the killers continue while the suspects are questioned

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Nine people in Matholeville were reportedly stoned to death and police started a manhunt to find those behind the tragic incident.

A few hours after the bodies were found lying in the streets, 87 people were taken in for questioning by the South African Police Force.

Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela summoned police officers from different stations and units within Johannesburg to hunt down the suspects.

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The suspects will also be checked for any criminal records. In the meantime, police will continue to search for the killers.

During the night operation, police took in 87 people for questioning and to establish if they are not wanted for any crimes.

As the police continue its investigation, the Provincial Commissioner said that witnesses who come forward will be taken to the witness protection programme for safety.

The victims are believed to be illegal miners killed by their peers - other illegal miners.

No news has been shared about the condition of the 10th victim who survived but was seriously injured.

After Briefly.co.za shared the news, many comments were shared on the incident. Here's what some of our readers had to say:

John Makgojane

"There's no longer peace in SA like before, nowadays people live with anger, depressions & stresses of unemployment. Immediately you make wrong. Unemployed "mbagati" releases their problems killing or abusing somebody. It is hard to live in SA nowadays."

Mmatlou Prudence

"Lesotho people just leave Lesotho and come fight here. No man we need peace not trauma. why did the other group even have to kill the other? This is madness. Imagine finding stoned bodies in the streets. gosh."

Phakamani Cvura Dolwana

"Those Lesotho nationals have been brutalising West Rand ever since, committing felonies but no arrests."

Eugene Mthombeni

"Chaos and disorder...when there's surely no government!"

Tshepiso Masitha

"This is a problem that comes with undocumented foreign nationals because even if they have left their fingerprints at the scene they won't be identified easily because home affairs don't have them on the system."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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