Man allegedly killed by vigilante mob in Imbali

2016-08-24 06:00

AN Imbali man was allegedly killed after being assaulted by the community in an act of vigilantism - the man apparently was accused of stabbing a child earlier that day.

According to ER24’s Werner Vermaak, paramedics were called to the Imbali area at about 11.30pm on Saturday to treat a man who was allegedly assaulted by community members.

Vermaak said people found near the man were “somewhat hostile” and indicated that the man had allegedly stabbed a young child earlier that evening.

“Paramedics were informed that the child had already been rushed to a nearby hospital prior to their arrival­,” Vermaak said.

It is believed the paramedics were threatened by the community when they tried to treat the injured man.

“It was found he had sustained multiple stab wounds over his body as well as a fractured skull and face.

“Paramedics had to place him on life support en route to hospital,” Vermaak said.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said police got a call from the hospital on Sunday morning saying the man had died.

“We were told by the man’s relative­ that he was assaulted by the community, but we have nothing tangible as yet. However, investigations are continuing,” Ngobese said.

It is unclear whether the man did stab a child before he was assaulted.

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