Mob stones robber to death

2012-05-07 19:03
Johannesburg - A man was stoned to death after being accused of stealing a cellphone in Polokwane, Limpopo police said on Monday.

The man stole a woman's cellphone at about 19:00 on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said.

"The community rushed to help the screaming woman. The man was caught and beaten with stones."

Police found the man's body on Monday on the corner of Rissik and Dahl streets.

"He was still covered with stones and various other things the mob used to beat him."

No arrests had been made and a case of murder was being investigated. Police were also searching for the woman whose cellphone was taken.

Second fatal attack

Sunday's mob attack was the second fatal one in Limpopo in the past week.

Another man died on Friday after a student mob attack at the University of Limpopo.

Police spokesperson Constable Moses Molepo said about 100 students assaulted a group of eight men accused of robbing a student of a cellphone on the Mankweng campus on Thursday.

The eight men were attacked with sticks, stones, and other weapons.

"Three of the men managed to escape while the five others were badly injured. One of the men died in hospital on Friday."

The students also stoned the ambulance called to take the injured men to hospital, but did not hurt the paramedics. They broke a campus office window.

Visitors, not robbers

Molepo said on Monday the students would be charged with murder and assault following the attack as investigations revealed the group of men were merely visitors and not robbers.

"The men visited the campus during Thursday and not in the early hours of Wednesday, when the student was robbed."

Molepo said there was no evidence linking the men to the robbery.

"The student who was robbed was not able to identify any of the accused men."

Police were trying to establish the identity of students involved, Molepo said.
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