Suspected thug killed on Turfloop campus
ANGRY students at the University of Limpopo have killed a man suspected of being behind a string of robberies on the institution's Turfloop campus.
Makweng police yesterday confirmed that Lekau Ephraim Mamabolo, 24, of Unit F in Mankweng, died from wounds inflicted on him by enraged students who accused him of robbing one of them.
The university had recently experienced several cases of theft in the student residences. Some female students were raped, while a law student was stabbed to death last week.
On Wednesday Mamabolo and seven other suspects apparently went on a spree robbing students.
Mamabolo and four other suspects were cornered after one of the robbed students had raised the alarm. Three of the suspects fled the scene but were later arrested by the police.
The students then severely assaulted the apprehended suspects, using all sorts of weapons, including rocks and sticks.
The police eventually arrived on the scene and took the injured to Mankweng Hospital for treatment
"We are worried that all of the suspects were not students on the campus and we do not know what their motive for entering the institution was," Mankweng police spokesman Constable Moses Molepo said.
Molepo said the police would investigate the matter further to establish if the arrested men were indeed responsible for the spate of criminal activities that had taken place at the institution.
Molepo said yesterday that a car belonging to the emergency medical services and an office of the university had their windows smashed during the skirmish.
According to student leader Langu Shiviti the students took it on themselves to fight crime on campus, which resulted in the attack on the "thugs".
"We have had incidents in which students were attacked and their belongings, including cellphones, laptops and money stolen," said Shiviti, who is SRC secretary.
He said following the latest developments a meeting between student leaders and the institution's management had resolved to beef up security on campus and also to put safety measures at the entrance point.
"We want the entrance points to be regulated and tightened," he said.
University spokesman Kgalema Mohuba confirmed the incidents and said they would ensure there was maximum security on campus.
He said a former student of the university was among the arrested suspects.