South Africa: man dead after orange pelting

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Associated Press

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 8:03 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police say two men are suspected of killing a farmworker by pelting him with oranges.

Citing witness accounts, police Lt. Col. Moatshe Ngoepe said Thursday that the suspects allegedly argued with the man, then collected oranges and began hurling them at him.

Ngoepe says the man was declared dead at the scene and that he had no "visible injury," suggesting he may have suffered blunt trauma. Police and prosecutors are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

The suspects were detained Tuesday and later released pending formal charges, which could include murder.

The assault happened near Tzaneen, a town in Limpopo province in northern South Africa.

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