Cape Town – Two people have been arrested for the “mob justice” killing of former Kaizer Chiefs star Lucky Maselesele.
According to reports, Maselesele was murdered last Wednesday by a group of community members in Alexandra township after he was allegedly caught stealing electrical cables.
"When the police approached, the group ran away, and the police managed to apprehend two suspects," SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo said when speaking to City Press.
"It is alleged that the deceased was accused by the community of stealing electrical cables in the area. He was certified dead on the scene by the paramedics. Police are still continuing with the investigation."’
Kaizer Chiefs, Maselesele’s former club, released a statement on Sunday to express their condolences following the 41-year-old’s death.
“Kaizer Chiefs is saddened by the news of the passing of one of South Africa’s talented footballers, Lucky Maselesele,” the statement read.
“We convey our heartfelt condolences to the Maselesele family during this difficult period. May his soul rest in peace.”
The skillful Maselesele played for Kaizer Chiefs between 1998 and 2004, winning a number trophies during his career.
The winger’s local football career ended in 2008 when he failed a drugs test while playing for Marirzburg United. He eventually retired in 2011 after a short spell with Namibian side Civics FC.