Cops let mob beat up thief - claim

2013-10-15 09:43
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Times - Western Cape police are investigating allegations that police officers walked away while an angry mob was beating a man who stole two cellphones, the Cape Argus reported on Tuesday.

Luyanda Ntsanie, 18, told the newspaper that angry residents tied his hands behind his back with wire and hit him with a rubber pipe while a stone and a brick were thrown at him on Saturday in Mfuleni, Cape Town.

"I told myself I was going to die. I prayed for a cops van to pass and save me," he was quoted as saying.

According to the report, Ntsanie and his friends allegedly mugged two men and stole two cellphones on Friday. He reportedly said he lost one phone and sold the other phone.

Four men tracked him down on Saturday and demanded that he produce the cellphones and when he couldn't they attacked him, the Argus reported.

Cops 'walked away'

Anelisa Mbombo, who witnessed the beating, told the newspaper that the police arrived and told the crowd to untie the rope around Ntsanie's neck and to release him into their custody.

A man said they would not let him go until he produced the cellphones.

She told the newspaper that the police officers did not say a word and just walked away while the crowd continued to interrogate Ntsanie.

MEC for community safety in the province, Dan Plato told the newspaper that the police were there to protect and ensure the safety of all regardless of whether someone is accused of committing a crime.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the allegations against the police officer were taken seriously but said the police had no record of the incident and urged Ntsanie to open a case.

Ntsanie said he would not go to the police and wanted to get revenge because he was "very angry".

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