LIMPOPO VENDA | An angry mob burned down a house in Matangfari.

 LIMPOPO VENDA | An angry mob burned down a house in Matangfari.

An angry mob burned down a house in Matangfari.



After attending a meeting with their traditional leader and the royal council on Tuesday afternoon, villagers from Matangari, carrying sticks and stones, marched to the house of a 55-year-old man and burnt it to the ground.

The exact details of what had been discussed during the meeting are not known, but the actions of the community members still seem to be in response to the rape of a 26-year-old woman the previous week. The woman was allegedly raped by an illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe, after which the suspect was beaten to death by an angry mob last Thursday.

Sources from within the community say that the man who lived in the house that was burnt down is accused of harbouring the illegal immigrants. When they arrived at his house, they started by breaking the windows before setting the house on fire. His 13-year-old son, who was coming home at the time of the incident, said he was surprised to see such a huge crowd descending on the family home

“It was terrifying. I just stood there and saw our whole house being engulfed by fire. I lost all my clothes, including books and school uniform. I also saw some members of the community stealing live chickens,” he said. The owner of the house said he was also in shock. “All I can say is that all I have worked for in my life is gone,” he said.

Community members who witnessed the event said that the police had been informed of the crowd’s intentions to burn down the house but had done nothing. During a visit to the scene on Wednesday morning, some family members remarked that the police had not even passed by the house.

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