Three die over beer argument
Dispute began with tavern owner refusing to sell liquor to minors
THE community of Nsako village, near Letsitele in Limpopo, is reeling in shock after the violent death of three people and the wounding of five others.
On Saturday a local tavern owner shot dead two women and wounded four other people, including a six-year-old boy.
Her husband was in turn burnt to death early yesterday morning.
Police say matters came to a head when the 50-year-old woman refused to sell liquor to minors and was confronted by members of the community.
Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said the woman, in a fit of rage, drew her firearm and fired several shots at the crowd.
Villagers Linda Nhlangwana and Bertinah Mashele were shot dead.
Four other people were wounded and are being treated at a local hospital.
Otto said following the incident the residents mobilised themselves and attacked the woman, severely assaulting her.
The tavern owner is currently being treated in hospital under police guard.
Otto said the woman's husband went to the tavern at about 11am yesterday, apparently with the intention to collect what was left inside the building. That was when more tragedy struck.
"When the 58-year-old man arrived villagers mobilised again and attacked him.
"He was pelted with stones and his body was later set alight. His bakkie was also set on fire," added Otto.
She said when police went to the village to douse the flames, they were also pelted with stones.
Angry villagers smashed the windows of police vehicles.
"We will continue patrolling the village to ensure that no further ugly scenes occur," Otto said.
No arrests had been made at the time of going to press and police investigations were continuing.