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Mob kills alleged thief

By Sapa | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

"I could see that his body was already weak by the time they took him up the road and put a burning tyre on him" - Aunt

A teenaged boy was beaten and set alight in a Cape Town informal settlement at the weekend, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that a mob removed Sakhumzi Mawu, 18, from his home in Samora Machel around 5pm on Saturday.

Residents had allegedly found stolen goods in his room.

His aunt, Thembakazi Ngombane, told the newspaper she felt helpless watching the mob attack him.

“I could see that his body was already weak by the time they took him up the road and put a burning tyre on him,” she said.

“I could hear him crying and screaming and I felt bad, but there was nothing I could do about it.” 

Provincial police spokesman Andre Traut said no arrests had been made as yet.

“We will not allow the public to take the law into their own hands, and we will treat those who do as common criminals,” he said.

Mawu’s mother Thandi said her son had stolen a number of items from their shack in the last eight years.

“I think he started using drugs in 2004. He stole our TV, DVD and clothes... they found those people’s things in his room, so I can’t do anything.”


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Until the police stop being criminals and start DOING the job we pay them to, this horror is going to carry on. It is also sad that families have no way to stop their kids from falling into the tsotsi role. Surely a system where parents can report their kids and get some kind of help to pull them straight would help to prevent this?

Nov 19, 2012 9:24 | 0 replies

mmmmmmm de people justice

Nov 19, 2012 10:49 | 0 replies
Nov 19, 2012 11:2 | 0 replies

We signed up for the rule of law in 1994 not this rubbish where people simply pick a suspect and execute without trial! The steady collapse of the rule of law in our society spells serious danger. I would hate to live in a country where the dangerous are the law!

Nov 19, 2012 11:21 | 0 replies

Untill the police arrest these criminals the people will continue burning these criminals

Nov 19, 2012 12:29 | 0 replies

Kon-tiki: So off to the bush with you, Sir. That is where animals belong.

Nov 19, 2012 12:30 | 0 replies

Heard the mother on tv saying that he got his just dessert (and the sister was also thrilled). The mother said that the community has done good by eliminating him as she longer had a home and now she be able to enjoy her house/home. She would often report him to SAPS when she found stolen goods in the house but we all know that SAPS is toothless.

Wish most mothers had her courage.

Nov 19, 2012 12:48 | 0 replies

@MommaC- She actually said on the news shewas releaved he is gone and that their have no photos of him their can live a peacefull life now. From the Mothers own mouth but she was in tears saying that

Nov 19, 2012 1:6 | 0 replies

That is because you are not a mother. Hope springs eternal that things will change and a mother's love is not conditional
You rape your own mother and expect unconditional love?

Nov 19, 2012 2:13 | 0 replies

After hearing his mother's comments last night on etv, I understand that this boy was a problematic child, but again the manner in which he was killed was also inhuman, what went wrong in our society?

Nov 19, 2012 10:47 | 0 replies

But SA, stop applying death penality ironically

Nov 19, 2012 10:20 | 0 replies