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Free State man killed by mob

2012-01-02 12:01

Johannesburg - A man was allegedly necklaced by Thaba Nchu community members in the early hours of Monday morning, said Free State police.

Constable Consolation Mokoale said the man was believed to be a livestock thief after he was found in a kraal in Gladstone Trust, Thaba Nchu, when he was attacked around 00:30.

He was reportedly severely assaulted before being necklaced.

Necklacing involves forcing a rubber tyre soaked with petrol around a person's chest and arms, and setting it on fire.

The man was still on fire when police arrived. He was later declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

Mokoale said police were investigating and were hopeful of making arrests later on Monday.

Comments
  • Joseph - 2012-01-02 12:37

    Livestock theft has become fashionable in the whole of Free State. In all probabilities , if there were livestock arrests made during the course of 2011, they are negligible compared to the number of reported cases in the province. Instead of investigating the incident in question, all the reported cases which resulted in no arrests must be investigated.

      Harold - 2012-01-02 13:05

      Live stock theft is just normal life in this area. Ask the early white settlers who had their cattle stolen regularly. cattle theft is in the genes. As for the ANC preferred method of punishment that wont help either. Stock theft policing is the only way of course that is politically unacceptable to most thieves they prefer the necklace.

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-02 12:45

    When one witnesses a mob forming in a public space, one should contact the police immediately. And then hopefully the police will arrive quickly. Everyone has the constitutional right to a fair trial.

      Anthony - 2012-01-02 13:05

      phone me I would love to watch those burning of tyres and petrol

      Fenderbender - 2012-01-02 13:50

      I agree, but the police will toi toi along

  • lynch - 2012-01-02 12:52

    They were tired of losing their livestock i guess

  • Sharon - 2012-01-02 13:03

    the people who did this should be hung its murder simple

  • May - 2012-01-02 13:03

    Not my style .... But its JUSTACE!!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 13:14

      You really don't know what the word means - or how to spell it.

      Nicholas - 2012-01-02 14:11

      Or just ace. JUSTSAYING

  • Phil - 2012-01-02 13:35

    Well, the great stortkop leader have said that Africa must stay Africa, that they will sort themselves out. Why complain?

  • david.roets - 2012-01-02 13:41

    Here we go again....

  • Fenderbender - 2012-01-02 13:48

    That is murder, wonder what the government call this behavior, tradition ?

      Anthony - 2012-01-02 14:00

      sometimes but only sometimes love there culture

  • Grant - 2012-01-02 14:11

    I predicted this sort of thing would happen. People have lost faith in the justice system so will take the law into their own hands. Sad to think that as a country we are no better than the rest of Africa.

  • Afrikopite - 2012-01-02 14:14

    Death Sentence in SA must be made official coz it never went away after-all.

  • Thozi - 2012-01-03 16:05

    Can never ever condone that type of retribution, no matter the misdemeanour. That's all I have to say.

  • Jb - 2012-01-03 22:16

    Except for Irukandji I am surprised to see some of the comments on here. Before the new dispensation (that means new government, etc) did the liberals not call for "the will of the people" and is that not what we have in SA right now? The will of the people is clearly for the return of the death penalty so why are the liberals on here not supporting that now???

      Marc - 2012-03-26 16:02

      Quite right Jb. I can't neither fault your logic nor your rationale. Sadly, the najority of liberals will say things like "but its more complicated than that" etc, which of course, it isn't. They try to make it complicated to keep themselves and the ruling junta in a job. They also want to, as far as possible, through the mental drubbing system of the media, to "tell the electorate what they want". Not what they "want to hear", but "what they want". That's what SABC and ICASA (i.e. The Department of Mind Control) is for. Luckily, the electorate are a bit smarter than they were in 1994. Not a lot, just a bit. Hence the extra dioxins in the air.

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