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Hit-and-run driver beaten to death

2012-09-16 19:05

Johannesburg - A man was beaten to death by a mob following a hit-and-run in which three children died in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, on Sunday, said Johannesburg emergency services.

Spokesperson Synock Matobako said the man, in his 30s, was assaulted by community members after two boys and a girl were killed when he hit them with his car.

Two of the children were aged six and the other was 7 years old.

A 5-year-old child and a woman were taken to hospital.

Two men, who were with the man who was killed by the mob, ran away.

Comments
  • bongani.mahlangu.923724 - 2012-09-16 19:14

    Sometyms people justice help.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-17 07:49

      Mgala shut up,what if that was your child? If it was an error why did he try to flee? I'm glad the community stood together. What type of person ploughs down 3 young children with his car and doesnt bother to stick around and see if he can assist?

      percy.vanzyl.1 - 2012-09-17 08:18

      What type of person kills for revenge? Or for any reason for that matter.

      Jane - 2012-09-17 12:25

      Lorain, I have to agree with Megala. As shocking as a hit and run and the deaths of the children are, it is even more scary to me that normal citizens can beat someone to death. Neither act is acceptable. As much as a normal decent person should be incapable of running over children and then trying to escape, so should normal civilised people be incapable of getting a mob of people together and beating someone to death.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-09-17 14:04

      to percy.vanzyl.1 - to answer your naive question: people who have no faith in the justice system administer swift revenge.

      tokoziza - 2012-09-18 13:07

      At least he can't "slip through" our magnificent justice system (or lack thereof)!

      cora.bailey.142 - 2012-09-19 11:40

      The man killed by the mob was NOT the driver but a passenger from the back seat of the car. The children were run over when the driver tried to escape the mob. I work in the community.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-16 19:26

    This happens when people loose faith in the process of the law!

      joneethling - 2012-09-16 21:22

      I understand what you are saying, but you imply that there was a time when people had faith in the process of the law. Not sure that has ever been the case. Poor and disenfranchised people have never been protected by the law.

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-09-17 12:11

      What law? How long has Jub Jub been a free man after killing all the children? There is no justice in this country, crime pays and criminals live better lives than the law abiding citizens. Well done to the community for taking the law into their own hands.

      renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-17 17:02

      @joneethling: There was a time when people would not take the law in their own hands! Don't make a race thing out of this. @abra: I was thinking of the Jub Jub case when I made the comment.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-09-16 19:27

    RIP little ones...the community saved us some time and money

  • mullervince - 2012-09-16 19:34

    O that's good news. Another murderer from our roads. Wish they would do the same to the taxi drivers

  • jack.mabrigado - 2012-09-16 19:41

    Good news in a long time.

  • tom.theunissen.12 - 2012-09-16 19:55

    People are really getting tired, loosing faith in the justice system

  • TheReal.EuanB - 2012-09-16 20:01

    Tragic

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-09-16 20:08

    Excellent work

  • Teuneman - 2012-09-16 21:32

    Like olden days, they should be hung from the bridges as a warning to other reckless drivers.

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-09-16 21:33

    Enough with Marikana. This is news...u can run but, u can't hide. Bad, sad, good news.

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-09-16 23:01

    What happened to the case of the the babalaas/drunk grey ML driver who mowed down road-runners in Midrand?

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-09-16 23:50

    People's justice has always worked in criminal matters- one man's life is worthless compared to three lives of innocent kids he just killed......

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-09-17 07:57

    good riddance, probably drunk as a skunk

  • mknnko003 - 2012-09-17 09:22

    This is what we need to have...

      merven.halo - 2012-09-17 13:17

      This is what people must start doing. If you find someone on your farm or in your house that doesn't belong there, kill and bury him/her.

  • mcmamedzi - 2012-09-17 10:25

    a very sad story indeed, where the children playing in the street or did he go off the road to hit them, if they where playing in the street where were their parents, my 5 year old never gets out of my sight let alone play in the street, very sad...

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-17 13:25

    the long arm of angry mob caught up with him and justice have been met.

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-17 13:28

    when in danger sometimes the wisest thing to do is face reality and look it straight in the eye and confront it if necessary,running doesn't solve a thing especially in this scenario

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-17 13:30

    A MUST READ STORY**...for JUB JUB and his colleague

  • Zaba - 2012-09-17 13:31

    To prevent more jub jub acts. More traffic cycles, more traffic humps thn speed limit shld b 20kph. ***poor souls.

  • malette.snyman - 2012-09-17 14:48

    Have any of you thought about that the kids shouldn't have been crossing a highway? Where were their parents? I constantly have to try and miss people running across the N1. The poor guy could have hit them (by NO fault of his own), gotten out of his car to see if he could help them, only to be murdered by a mob.

      malette.snyman - 2012-09-17 14:48

      Why does everyone just automatically assume that it was a drunk / careless driver? You've obviously never had someone run in front of YOUR car on the highway...

      irma.white.9 - 2012-09-17 15:39

      I do agree with both comments, however consider this- a) they don't mention that it was a highway and b) where do you see a mob of community members along a highway? It's highly unlikey this happened on a highway, very likely a residential area or even a township (where mob justice is rife).

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-09-17 17:21

      We actually had an African woman pedestrian run into our car in a downpour in BFN many years ago. She had parcels which she dropped and we ran over them - when she fell from the impact. We stopped and suddenly she was standing next to the car seemingly fine. Within seconds a mob gathered around and started yelling at us to take her to hospital while she asked us to reverse (or so we thought. We obliged and again felt as though we had run over something - an awful sensation).Turned out it was her groceries, Meantime the mob were becoming more threatening and although she didn't want to go to a doctor she felt threatened herself and jumped into our car. We asked here whether she wanted to go to the police station with us to report it and she said no, she was fine and could we just drop her at the busstop around the corner where the mob couldn't see her! Taught us that if it ever happened again we would keep going until we reached the police station. That was in days of apartheid too. Maybe something similar happened here? Only explanation I can think of but then it isn't really a hit and run. The passengers hit and ran perhaps but driver took responsibility.?

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-09-17 17:05

    I'm a bit confused here. If it was a hit and run that implies the driver did not stop at the scene of the accident so how on earth did the people who dealt out justice get the driver to start with? Pity they didn't do the same with Jub-Jub and his fellow racer. Obviously this driver wasn't a celeb.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-17 17:34

    New facts has just emerged about this story at 17:00 news, source: Highveld 947, where a 'member of the community' who was part of the blood-thirst lynch mob accused the deceased driver of 'trying to flee' the accident scene that is why he was killed. Do I still hear the shouts of 'hit-and-run?. Why I am so concerned about this story, you may ask? I am a father of two sons and one daughter, and I would not like none of them to be killed. Whether they were driving that car involved in that fateful accident or were they run over by the car. When I read the story for the first time I shed a tear or two as a concerned parent for both sides of those who lost their lives whether they were driver or pedestrian. Then I cried for the total disregard for both the lives lost and a total disregard for the law. I rest my case!

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