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By Mhlaba | Aug 14, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ANGRY residents of an informal settlement at Park Rynie on KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast have vowed to take the law into their own hands if two young lovers, arrested over the death of a pensioner in the area, are granted bail.

Johannes Memela, 62, was brutally assaulted, allegedly by a young couple, in the presence of his common-law wife Janet Ngcobo in July.

Memela was rushed to the GJ Crookes Hospital in Scott-burg but died three days later, allegedly as a result of his severe injuries.

The young lovers suspected of the murder were arrested on Tuesday.

"The lovebirds are not welcome here," said angry resident Thembeka Jali.

Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum said Memela was allegedly beaten with an iron pipe, apparently for no reason other than that his killers wanted to teach him a lesson.

Precious Nonhle Gumede, 23, and her boyfriend Claude Morrison, 30, allegedly went to Memela's house and asked Ngcobo to light a candle for them.

While Ngcobo was lighting the candle Gumede's boyfriend, Morrison, of no fixed abode, got into the room and allegedly began assaulting Memela for no reason.

"Gumede allegedly joined in the assault. The victim was dragged out of his shack and severely beaten up. He died of his injuries in hospital," Pandarum said.

Jali said the community had vowed to take the law into their own hands if the suspects were granted bail.

"We do not want to live with people who kill, "she said" Memela was an innocent old man who minded his own business.

"We can't understand why he was attacked," she said.

Jali said the community was angry and claimed the suspects "were lucky to have escaped the wrath of the community".

"We heard that they ran away. The people are very angry. We heard that they had been arrested.

"These killers must stay in jail. They have no place in our community. We hope the police won't allow them to come back."

The pair made a brief appearance in the Scottburgh magistrate's court yesterday.

They were remanded until their bail application on Tuesday.


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