Phoenix SAPS is investigating a case of murder after a man was set alight for allegedly stealing from his employer.
Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane, said police had initially opened a case of attempted murder, however, when the man died in hospital Sunday morning, the charge changed to murder.
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KwaZulu-Natal VIP Security spokesman, Glen Naidoo, said they were alerted to the incident on Saturday.
“When we arrived, we found that the man had been set alight by a person, who is known in the area. The man was critically injured and was stabilised at the scene before being rushed to a local government hospital. On Sunday, the man succumbed to his injuries,” Naidoo said.
Cpt Zwane confirmed that a case of murder was being investigated at the Phoenix police station.
“We are appealing to the community not to take the law into their own hands. They must report any suspected criminals to the police or hand them over to the police,” he said. Meanwhile, the communications officer of
Phoenix SAPS, Cpt L Naidoo said the victim was picked up from his home and taken to his employer’s residence where after allegations of theft of the grasscutter, two brothers began assaulting him before pouring petrol over him and setting him alight.
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“The victim sustained burn wounds across 98 percent of his body before passing away at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital. Sgt Levie and Capt Jansen responded to the scene,” she said.
Cpt Naidoo said anyone with information regarding the incident has been urged to contact the station.
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