Two appear in court for Rustenburg’s ‘tribal killings’


Two men arrested in connection with the brutal killing in Sondela informal settlement in Rustenburg, North West, are due to appear in the local court on Thursday for a bail application.

The last appearance of the two suspects, who were charged with kidnapping and murder, was held on camera at the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court as they were part of a line up in an identity parade.

They were arrested following a spate of killings in Sondela. A total of 11 people have been killed between November 8 and November 26 in apparent ethnic attacks.

According to locals, the conflict started in August when an isiXhosa speaking man allegedly stabbed a Sesotho speaking man in a fight over a woman.

The Sotho was hospitalised and a few days later, the Xhosa man who had stabbed him was confronted and beaten up by a group of Basotho men at a soccer match in Sondela.

Numerous incidents of brutal killings of people in the area have been reported since, the police and community members have said.

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