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3 SA men arrested for stoning suspected rapist

29 June 2012, 09:22

 Johannesburg - South African police have confirmed the arrest of three men alleged to have stoned to death a man suspected of raping a 20-year-old woman.

The South Africa Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Amanda Funani, told newsmen on Thursday in Johannesburg that the suspects would appear in court on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in South Africa reports that the offence was committed at Magogoe Tar village in the Free State.

Funani said a rope had been tied around the accused’s neck before he was stoned to death.

He said this was after a woman who claimed to have been raped by the accused pointed him out for stoning to death.

"The man was stoned to death on Wednesday at Magogoe village in Free State Province for raping a 20-year old woman.

"About 150 people who had tied a rope around the man's neck stoned him to death in the afternoon.

"The community members had accused the man of being cruel and making people around Magogoe live in fear," Funani said.

The spokesperson said the three suspects were arrested for being in possession of a knobkerrie and a panga, adding that the weapons could be used to commit murder.

NAN reports that knobkerrie is a short club with one knobbed end, used as a weapon by warriors of certain South African people.



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