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Liquor thief beaten to death

2012-04-03 12:32

Polokwane - Three men have been arrested for killing a suspected liquor thief in Burgersfort, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

Prince Morowane, 29, was beaten to death on Sunday night after allegedly stealing thousands of rands worth of liquor from a bottle store in Mampuru village, said Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba.

The 72-year-old shop owner and two other men, aged 29 and 31, beat him to death.

Ramatseba said they were arrested later on, but the community was not satisfied and went on the rampage, burning down the liquor store on Monday morning.

Damages was estimated at more than R500 000, said Ramatseba.

Nine people, aged between 18 and 25, had since been arrested for public violence and arson and were expected to appear in the Sekhukhune Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The three men charged with murder were expected to appear in the same court on Tuesday.

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Comments
  • Marion - 2012-04-03 12:43

    May he RIP. I'm confused though. Many communities are quite happy to engage in mob 'justice'. Now the community burns down the bottle store. Were they pi***d 'cos they weren't invited to participate in the beating?

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-03 13:11

      Who knows Marion....who knows...i don't even think they know. I think it might be a case of blind rage though.

      philani.goba - 2012-04-03 13:18

      Or it could also be that this shebeen has been causing trouble for the community + they beat a fellow member of the community to death, and the thought that these people will bribe their way out of jail (considering the tarven is worth R500k)..so community justice is the way to go nowadays!! try it in your community

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-03 13:37

      @Mr Kcopah, we do, just ask the 5 robbers who have been "dealt with" in our area in the last month...

      Schmee - 2012-04-03 13:43

      I guess the bottle store belonged to a foreigner.

      Joanne - 2012-04-03 14:57

      Apparently the death penalty IS practised in SA - and in SA you can get the death penalty for robbery.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-03 12:47

    Is this what we have become? This behaviour is in direct contradiction to where we are supposed to be in society. Civilised? I think not!

      Azande - 2012-04-03 13:41

      You have no clue, have you?

      Sharon - 2012-04-03 14:03

      Enlightn me, Azande, c'mon, astound me with your infinite wisdom. I have never looted, burnt buildings, stoned or beaten anyone. I must be completely clueless.

      Azande - 2012-04-03 14:05

      In black communities, it is common that people will unite to protect each other. The act of killing this person is wrong and unacceptable to the community hence the uprising against the killers. That community does not exonerate the thief's actions but killing him was way beyond tolerance

      Sharon - 2012-04-03 14:16

      But where does it end? The bottle store owner's wife will now feel wronged because her livelihood was dependent on the bottle store, now burnt to the ground. Will she rally up people to attack the attackers?

      Azande - 2012-04-03 14:23

      That's a fair comment. its unfortunate that the situation end up this way. Another affirmation that two wrongs dont make one right. I feel sorry for the bottle store owner's family and the family of the deceased whom now have to make funeral arrangements.

      Joanne - 2012-04-03 14:59

      I wish the community would unite to demand better local policing and the rule of law.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-03 12:59

    It seems that any old thing will be an wxcuse to behave like a barbarian! If the guy who stole the liquor was guilty-I have no sympathy for him-the thug would of been back on the streets in 24 hrs. But why on eath burn the bottle store?????These common thugs just haqve NO respect for other peoples property-maybe because when they toi toi they get everything for nothing!!!!!???????

      Rob - 2012-04-03 13:35

      If you don't work for the things you own then how can you appreciate them?

      Azande - 2012-04-03 13:46

      @Shirley, I can see that a punishment of death is reasonable to you for a "liquor theft". Great thinking, well done.

      Shirley - 2012-04-03 13:54

      Azande: If that is what it takes to make the criminals in this country to stop then yes!These b@st@rds steal entire families futures,are out on bail the next day and end up [if we are lucky] doing a pathetic jail sentence. Whilst they are in jail,they are planning the next one! It doesnt maqtter what they steal-its wrong and if government wont step up and put out a severe sentence....well then this will have to do!!

  • Alfred - 2012-04-03 13:10

    The usual suspects rack up another gold medal in the Steal-it-Kill-it-Burn-it triathlon. Viva and Amaaaandla!

  • Rob - 2012-04-03 13:33

    Nothing like a stealy stealy followed by a killy killy and then celebrate with a burny burny. You clever bunch didn't think where you would go pick up a beer this weekend did you? Stupid fools.

      vuyo.mbizweni - 2012-04-03 15:06

      Long live the spirit of freedom long live!

      vuyo.mbizweni - 2012-04-03 15:07

      Long live the spirit of freedom long live!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-04-03 13:37

    "What! We missed the beating? Burn down the liquor shop!!"

  • Azande - 2012-04-03 13:47

    Burn their homes as well. How can you kill someone just for theft?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-03 14:19

      Ja, but in this country people kill you for 2 Rand..

      vuyo.mbizweni - 2012-04-03 15:03

      Why yena engaceli into ayifunayo?

      vuyo.mbizweni - 2012-04-03 15:04

      Why yena engaceli into ayifunayo?

      Azande - 2012-04-03 15:42

      why bembulala ngontshontsha utshwala kuphela?

  • Gerhard - 2012-04-03 13:55

    “Community” my ass. Better words are criminals and barbarians. They first carry away all the alcohol (loot) and then they burn it. The only reason the bottle store was attached was with criminal intent and not justice. Sorry to say it, but it is part of their genes and they cannot change. Without exception, in cases like this, they fist help themselves (steal) and then apply “mob justice”. Just another excuse to justify crime. Proof me wrong!

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-04-03 13:57

    Well ... I guess he won't be stealing anymore. -- Horacio Cain, CSI: Miami

  • Jacques - 2012-04-03 13:59

    I just have to laugh at this. What is the reasoning behind this? "Bastard robbed the store, so we killed him. But that's not enough. I KNOW! Let's burn the store we literally killed for! *Grabs torches and 2L Coke bottles filled with petrol*". What savages!

      siyolise.matyila - 2012-04-03 14:27

      Don't be a twat jaques, the people were'nt satisfied with the 3 men being merely arrested, so in order to show their dissatisfaction they burnt down the liqour store which belongs to one of the alleged killers. And they are'nt savages, they just an angry and frustrated mob of people.

      Gerhard - 2012-04-03 15:59

      Read my earlier comment. “Community” my ass. Better words are criminals and barbarians. They first carry away all the alcohol (loot) and then they burn it. The only reason the bottle store was attached was with criminal intent and not justice. Sorry to say it, but it is part of their genes and they cannot change. Without exception, in cases like this, they fist help themselves (steal) and then apply “mob justice”. Just another excuse to justify crime. Proof me wrong!

  • Anthony - 2012-04-03 14:15

    Burnt down the liquor store??? Where is the logic?

      Azande - 2012-04-03 14:28

      if there was no liquor store 1. We wouldnt be getting drunk every weekend and get mugged. 2. We wouldnt be worrying about how we gonna buy drinks when we are broke 3. Our member would still be alive coz he wouldnt have stolen alcohol LOGIC FOR YOU

      Azande - 2012-04-03 15:00

      @Shirley, some humour please. my earlier comment is just a joke.

      Joanne - 2012-04-03 15:02

      Why not unite against the liquor store BEFORE it all came down to death and mayhem? Anyone can invite the AA to start meetings in any neighbourhood to help alcoholics and their families with good results. And then no-one has blood on their hands & another family without a livliehood. Waiting for anger means you're too late.

  • Sindiwe - 2012-04-03 14:47

    One man's decision to rob a bottle store ended with him having been beaten to death and 12 people arrested for murder, arson and public violence (who now ends up with a criminal record). If all of the 13 persons involved in this one man's decision have 6 dependants, it leaves society with 91 individuals who are affected at various levels. Then we still ask how society can move foreward when one thief's decision hold so many people back. We must put a stop to crime. It is crippling our communities.

      vuyo.mbizweni - 2012-04-03 14:59

      All of them they must be in jail.

  • Joanne - 2012-04-03 14:56

    Apparently the death penalty IS practised in SA - and in SA you can get the death penalty for robbery.

      Azande - 2012-04-03 15:44

      Exactly HAAAHAHAHAHA

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