JOHANNESBURG – Three more teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of Thoriso Themane.
Police made the announcement during a protest march by residents on Friday morning.
Officials have confirmed that nine teenagers have been arrested in total. Three of them, including a teenage girl, were taken overnight. Five schoolboys appeared in the Polokwane Magistrates on Thursday, while another suspect was arrested on Wednesday.
Themane was assaulted and murdered by a mob last weekend. The attack was captured on video which has been shared widely, prompting outrage and calls for justice.
Meanwhile, angry residents of Polokwane have taken to the streets, saying they’re tired of the crime in their communities. They say Themane’s murder has angered them.
On Thursday, Themane’s father said he hopes for justice. Mahlapahlapana Themane said: “I don’t know what could have spurred this vicious attack on my son. I’m still asking myself that question.”
The father of three said he was puzzled and described his 28-year-old son as a peaceful man.
“He didn’t want to see anyone hurt. He was soft-hearted.”