Women in Mpumalanga are tired of having their pots, duvets and other items stolen from their houses.
This emerged last Friday evening when women from Acornhoek hunted down a suspect and made a citizen's arrest.
The women met and decided to look for the man suspected of being responsible for the thefts that had been taking place in the area for nearly 10 months.
"We assaulted him severely until police arrived, apparently after one of us secretly called them," said one of the women.
The suspect, who is about 30 years of age, was saved by the Acornhoek police after the women had tied him to a tree.
The women had found him with a number of pots, duvets and frames that he allegedly stole from their homes. "Most of our husbands work in Johannesburg, and this thief takes advantage of us and steals our things," said an angry Rosemary Chabalala.
The women later marched to the suspect's girlfriend after he had told them that some of the items were at her home in nearby Chavelagaza village.
The girlfriend, whose name is known to Sowetan, was not home when the chanting women arrived at her place.
The angry women started searching for items they believed might have been stolen from them. They took pots and other items, but left them behind when they realised they were not theirs.
The suspect is due to appear in court next month.