A man accused of attempting to steal a car was burnt to death in Freedom Park near Rustenburg, North West police said on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Pelonomi Makau said a mob attacked a man on Sunday, after the man tried to steal a car at Phase 1, Freedom Park.The car owner and community members allegedly doused the man with petrol and set him alight.

“The police were called to the scene and found that the men was dead,” she said.

The car owner, aged 44 was arrested when he went to the police in Phokeng to open a malicious damage to property case later on Sunday.

He was expected to appear in the Bafokeng Magistrate’s Court in Tlhabane on Tuesday, facing a charge of murder and attempted murder.

Residents said they have grown tired of the increasing crime rate in the area.

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