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.

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