Mob sets alight accused’s homes

By Yoliswa Khumalo

MGANDUZWENI – Three houses belonging to those arrested in connection with Bontle Mashiyane’s murder were burnt by angry residents last night.

This is after Collen Hlongwane (36), an ex-convict together with Ntombikayise Ngwenya (40), and Thapelo Ngomane (25) appeared in the KaBokweni Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They abandoned their bail and face charges of kidnapping, rape, and murder.

READ | BREAKING | Bontle (6) found dead

They reported Mashiyane missing three weeks ago while playing with her friends. The family then discovered her body on Saturday, May 21.

In a video circulating on social media platforms, the accused allegedly confessed to have mutilated and sold her body parts.

READ MORE | Man linked to six-year-old’s disappearance

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison Moeti Mmusi has called for calm in the community.

“We would not like to see people taking the law into their own hands but to allow due processes in court to take place,” he said. The trio will appear in the Masoyi Periodical Court on June 24. Investigations continue.

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