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Community necklaces alleged thief

2012-05-21 08:52

Cape Town - An alleged thief out on bail was necklaced in Khayelitsha at the weekend, according to a report on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that the burnt body of Andile Mtsholo, 32, was found in a field in B Section around 4am on Saturday morning.

He had been suspected of robberies in the Lingelethu West area and local residents believed he had stolen a cellphone while out on bail.

Necklacing involves putting a tyre around a person's neck or chest, dousing it in petrol and setting it alight. It was used during the apartheid era to kill people thought to be collaborating with the then government.

Some residents, who did not give their name, told the newspaper they were glad Mtsholo was killed.

"The dog is dead. We will walk freely with our cellphones now," said one person.

Another said the necklacing was a clear message to suspected criminals that "we'll get them one by one".

Comments
  • Loo - 2012-05-21 08:59

    Thats what happens when people lost faith in law enforcement in a country. The government should not be surprised.

      Rainbow - 2012-05-21 09:33

      Regardless, no one deserves this type of death. neclacing , regardless of the crimes the person who is being necklaced is guilty of, is a savage ,uncivilized and totally unnaceptable thing. This person was some ones son and a human being. Sad thing is the people who are responsible will not be arrested or will get a slap on the wrist. The mind boggles!

      Loo - 2012-05-21 09:39

      @Wrainbownation .. fact that is barbaric is true. But ,, fact remains ,, it has happened and it proves that people believe they need to take the law in their own hands as no-one else is doing so.

      Bob - 2012-05-21 10:47

      Barbaric, but it is hard to disagree with any of the above comments, correct, the government should not be surprised, they are largely responsible for these terrible actions.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-21 10:49

      @rainbownation Just remember, many innocent people were killed/tortured in the same way based on suspicion and endorsed by Winnie Mandela.

      Rudie - 2012-05-21 10:53

      Goodyear or Bridgstone?

  • cornen1 - 2012-05-21 09:06

    Can I give these guys a list of names!?!?!?

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-05-21 09:49

      Better yet can I transfer my tax payments directly into THEIR bank accounts!

      Burtfred - 2012-05-21 12:13

      Some cadres are so fat one would need to use a tractor tyre.

  • Msika - 2012-05-21 09:06

    Not condoning the act, BUT in a country where poeple have lost faith in the police force, where criminals are given more rights than law abinding citizens. What else is there to do?

      Nigel - 2012-05-21 09:32

      Indeed, and even worse - many of the police are involved in crime.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-21 09:06

    When material items are worth more than life. Unless he was guilty of Violent crimes, I don't think 'necklacing' was justified. He is the product of unemployment and capitalism combined. The desire to have an item for money or it's use and not being able to afford it... I'm sure that if he had faith in the possibility of getting solid work, he wouldve been less likely to resort to theft.

      Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-21 09:16

      But then the Police shoudnt have let him face the angry victims. He was killed by whoever granted him bail.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-05-21 09:38

      You can bet he didn't ask politely for the phones. He either stuck a knife or a gun at someones head as they walked those dodgy roads to get to to work.

  • Martin - 2012-05-21 09:08

    frikkin beauty, nicely done. Dont do the crime if you cant do the vigilante justice.. respect.

  • Stille - 2012-05-21 09:15

    i've seen this practice first hand. Not a pleasant way to go. Now i ask you, they necklace a cellphone thief, but a muthi murderer gets off scot free. Makes one think.

      Nigel - 2012-05-21 09:33

      Good point

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-21 09:39

      Stille, It's all about one's "culture" ...

      Martin - 2012-05-21 09:45

      but was the muti murderer let back out into the community he took lives from? just asking,

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-21 09:16

    "The tribe has spoken..." Now, if a Thief had to be necklaced in a different neighborhood we would have a civil war on our hands...

  • Rob - 2012-05-21 09:17

    Weekend entertainment ?

  • Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-21 09:21

    Cumminity, please start at the goverment. There are more thiefs there than those who steel to survive.

  • i2meleng - 2012-05-21 09:24

    I don't condone the act of revenge but the people are angry with the high rate of crime in this country. Who knows what this guy and some of his friends would have or already have done to poor unsuspecting victims, burn thief burn.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-05-21 09:35

    Necklace even the judge that gave him bail n step up to parliament to necklace those who are parolling Selebi not forgeting those who shield Mdluli,Cele n Jacob Zuma ofcoz...lastly dig out Shiceka n burn his decomposing flesh...

      Msika - 2012-05-21 10:47

      Wow!! isn't that too much? I get your point though.

  • zipho500 - 2012-05-21 09:43

    what an entertaining piece of news! Well done to the community,i salute u!

  • Gee - 2012-05-21 09:48

    Hope they can salvage the tyre...!

  • Phae - 2012-05-21 09:55

    Shows how far we have to go before we can behave out of choice. Torture over a cellphone, have we lost it completely?

      Ntobane Setabola - 2012-05-21 12:10

      Tree branch must be bended while small! Zooma raped 1 at first n let free look now he rapes everything.\r\nCele misused 5 cents b4 n nw,Mdluli hd his 1 crime covered,hw many r they now!\r\n?

  • Emmanuel - 2012-05-21 10:09

    This is what happens when thugs walk free in our streets.

  • Dakey - 2012-05-21 10:10

    Guys, would you feel the same if it were a white guy burned in a white suburb for the same crime? This is messed up stuff. I can understand mob justice for a murderer or rapist, but cell phone?

      Wilbur Smith - 2012-05-21 10:21

      its all about a lifestyle of crime they start off with robbery, then move on to housebreaking, then when they're used to breaking in homes and feel comfortable in your home they move up to rape and murder. I say turn let them burn. Let the criminals fear for there lives for a change. Pity this practice cant be more widespread

      Rob - 2012-05-21 10:22

      Dakeyras.....Whites dont tend to have the " mob mentality " that accompanies this sort of behaviour. I doubt whether whites would go so far as to necklace a black thief in a white neighbourhood.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-21 10:55

      The people is just putting out word by mouth. Don't try commit an offense in there nyborhood. They can't afford security or the police are to slack.

      i2meleng - 2012-05-21 11:22

      Dakeyras, you don't know what more evil acts has this thief done to other innocent victims. Ever read stories about people getting killed for their cellphones huh buh? We are sick of crime, if the police won't act their part the communities will.

      Martin - 2012-05-21 12:29

      white guys are the same as black guys. make a man a fire and keep him warm for a night, set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life

      Dakey - 2012-05-21 14:36

      Guys, Regardless of what you may believe, I don't believe you really understand how bad this is. Force yourself to watch the following and understand how seriously this is. Warning this is possibly going to be one of the most upsetting video's you'll see ever. https://theboldcorsicanflame.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/very-very-graphic-video-nigeria-religious-fanatics-are-burning-suspected-witches-alive/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mo8nTEV62Q&feature=related There is no excuse to treat anyone like this.

  • Linette Myburgh - 2012-05-21 10:22

    Dakey lets not play the dreaded 'race card' here.. I also cannot fathom why a thief gets necklaced and child rapists and murderers walk free! How about some mob justice for the mentally disabled girl that was gang raped and filmed?? The child justice act will protect the minors as they do not have 'criminal capacity'...

  • Mlamli - 2012-05-21 10:27

    It is a quick form of justice. You are charged, prosecuted and be convicted all in +/- 20 minutes

      Msika - 2012-05-21 10:54

      Yep, the cheapest way to prosecute a criminal. No waste of court papers, ink, tax payer's money. Only takes a match stick, liter of gas, and an old tyre.

  • Andre - 2012-05-21 10:32

    The police are not protecting the citizens if SA and they must expect bundu courts, but it remains barbaric!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-21 11:17

    with the rise in fuel prices , petrol has overtaken jewellery as a gift of choice for south africans ; they now wear petrol around their necks and call it necklacing scary stuff

  • Paco - 2012-05-21 11:22

    what a waste of good tyres

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-21 11:25

    so if you burn tyres around 365 people's necks in one year , would you say it is a goodyear ?

  • Sean - 2012-05-21 11:31

    The SAPS must shoulder the blame for this incident and all other incidents of vigilantyism. If they did the job then the public would not feel the need to do this.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-21 11:32

    I've decided. I'm going to remove my burglar bars from my windows at home and I'm going to replace them with car tires. No scum bag thief will stick his filthy head through there.

  • Brim - 2012-05-21 12:23

    Here's hoping that all the people who have shot a perp to protect their wifes from being raped and their family's killed in their own homes gets off this easily...

  • Robbie - 2012-05-21 12:23

    Waste of a tyre and petrol. Should of used rocks instead.

  • Michael - 2012-05-21 12:56

    Pure Savagery but then again justice must happen somehwere...Ouch South Africa..

  • Kirsten - 2012-05-21 13:08

    personally- burnt to death over a cellphone? community should be burnt for murder

  • Ally - 2012-05-21 15:35

    What's this "alleged" crap. That word is used before charges of put to the accused in court. Once judgment is handed down or once the perpetrator is dead, you can give him the label of "thief" or "robber" or whatever is appropriate. The community knows he was a thief and acted accordingly to stop the thief ever stealing again. Good on them.

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-09-26 11:46

    If there is a God let him have mercy on South Africans

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