Vigilante killing foiled

2011-12-07 00:00

ezinqoleni: Police step in to save stabbing suspect

ANGRY vigilantes from Ezinqoleni near Paddock tried to beat to death a man while he was being treated in the local clinic on Sunday morning, allegedly to punish him for fatally stabbing three friends to death in an argument after a drinking spree.

Sergeant Phumzile Makaula said a group of eight men were drinking at a local tavern on Saturday night. While they were walking home in the early hours of Sunday morning a fight broke out between them.

“During the fight the accused stabbed the three victims in the chest, killing them instantly,” Makaula said.

The accused, Rasta Xolo (28), faced three counts of murder in absentia in the Ezinqoleni Magistrate’s Court yesterday while he was receiving treatment in Murchison Hospital. He is under police surveillance.

The deceased are Sipho Madiba (44), Sanele Cele (22) and Bheki Nyawose (31).

Makaula said vigilantes members meted out their own rough justice on Xolo after the stabbing.

“He was taken to the local clinic for treatment and members of the community came there to finish him off. They wanted to kill him. Police had to intervene and disperse them.”

Last week The Witness reported on a murder and continued violence at a tavern in Gcilima in Margate.

“We are appealing to people to please exercise responsible behaviour while drinking,” said Makaula.

She said they are aware that people are getting into the festive mood and socialising over drinks.

“We understand that people are celebrating and having fun, but they need to know their limits.

“We also appeal to owners to stop serving alcohol to people who are already drunk.”

Makaula said the police presence outside liquor outlets will be beefed up to curb the increased alcohol-related violence.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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