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Enraged mob avenges man's death

2011-12-19 08:42

Johannesburg - A group of unknown people have burnt several properties belonging to a man they accused of murder in Langeloop in Tonga, Mpumalanga police said on Sunday.

The damage totalled an estimated R3m.

The 25-year-old man was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday morning, Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said.

"It is alleged some residents accused the tavern owner of murder and pounced on his properties to avenge the death," he said.

"They pelted his house with stones and burnt his two taverns and a few cars."

Hlathi said the tavern owner, believed to be in his early 50s, was detained for questioning in connection with the murder.

A docket of arson and another one of murder had been opened. No arrests were made.

Comments
  • Jay - 2011-12-19 08:51

    Sounds like a pretty chilled weekend in Tonga!

      Daft - 2011-12-19 09:31

      What a joll the boozers had !!!

      Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-19 09:39

      I'm visiting family in that area right now. Besides one or two townships, this whole area(

      Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-19 09:39

      I'm visiting family in that area right now. Besides one or two townships, this whole area(40km stretch) is a darker side of SA. Filth, non-existant local govt, increase in crime, 30% HIV rate, municipal fraud and corruption, superstitions, rural mentalities etc. Even the urban areas are dreadfull.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-19 09:48

      @Johncarlos at least their stats are up to date

      Azande - 2011-12-19 10:06

      @johncarlos, where is yo family fitting in the things you counted?

      Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-19 11:12

      Uhm....superstitious? They called my piercings 'satanist' and invited me to church to pray for them. I guess stupidity is cute if from your own family :). But seriously, most of the issues here are systematic. Besides the politicians and witch doctors, no group of people is directly to blame. The folk simply don't know any better.

  • Peter - 2011-12-19 08:56

    When in doubt, fight it out. Self declared justice and entertainment.

  • Kala - 2011-12-19 09:14

    Who ever wrote this article sounds like they spent to much time in a tavern over the week end. Who was the 25 year old man that got shot? It couldn't have been the tavern owner as he was arrested and is 50 years old.

      Ian - 2011-12-19 09:43

      The 50 year old tavern owner is detained for question in connection to the murder of the 25 year old man.

      Juicecard - 2011-12-19 09:50

      @ Kala really? I thought the article is clear-25yr old is the victim and 50yr tavern owner the suspect.Didn`t yourself take one too many over the weekend? Lol

      rossouwc - 2011-12-19 10:57

      I with you Kala, "It is alleged some residents accused the tavern owner of murder and pounced on his properties to avenge the death". "Hlathi said the tavern owner, believed to be in his early 50s, was detained for questioning". So did they kill the wrong person if they had something against the tavern owner??? Or is my brain on Holiday and my body in office :)

      Kala - 2011-12-19 14:35

      I get it now rossouwc. The tavern owner shot the 25 year old. The community the went on the rampage. Still is very badly written though

  • Pieter - 2011-12-19 09:34

    Let me get this straight... So this mob, from Tonga, slipped into SA easily and hiked all the way to Mpumalanga in Gauteng, went to a tavern in Langeloop and and burned the 25 year old man to death to avenge their property being bought back by white farmers, former collonialists and apartheid supporters. Sies. Then the bloke believed to be in his early 50's stood up in the pub and pelted the mob with stones. The mob retaliated killing some of their own. The mob then took the old bloke to the police station after burning the pub down and stealing the R3 million. They shared the spoils equally and escaped accross the border back to Tonga. (Crossing the border was not too difficult as expected). Good story. Did I get the gist of it all?

      Azande - 2011-12-19 09:39

      Absolutely, Pieter, u got the gist of it all. The gist for yo own kind.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-19 09:45

      The first part was actually funny until you derailed- i give you 3 out of 20

      Eric Schollar - 2011-12-19 10:55

      What on earth are you on about? Have you been drinking heavily or do you just think you are very funny?

  • Warwick - 2011-12-19 09:40

    Another lovely day amongst the black community of South Africa. Kllling, burning and destroying. I think the whites should also start getting in on the action and every time we feel aggrieved we should also go on the rampage and stuff the place up.

      Azande - 2011-12-19 10:01

      as if the domestic murders committed by unhappy whites is cool. get off that high horse and get yo senses back. this not funny at all, to the sane.

      Heibrin - 2011-12-19 10:51

      Which obviously excludes you, eh Azande? I wonder who should be getting their senses back...

      Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-19 11:03

      I wonder who made you the spokesperson, or a representative, for the white community...

      Warwick - 2011-12-19 11:45

      Give me stats Azande. Give me stats. How many in the last few years.

  • Chantelle - 2011-12-19 10:02

    the tavern owner would probably now rather be in jail, than face that mob.

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-19 10:11

    And this is what democracy brought us ???

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