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Robber dies after beating by students

2012-05-03 22:27

Johannesburg - One of the robbers who was beaten up by students at the University of Limpopo's Mankweng campus on Thursday has died, police said.

The 24-year-old was identified as Lekau Epraim Mamabolo, said Constable Moses Molepo.

He said eight robbers stole a cellphone from a student earlier in the day. About 100 students chased them, caught five of them and beat them with sticks, stones and other weapons.

Three robbers escaped and were later arrested off the campus.

The other five were taken to hospital under police guard. Mamabolo died in hospital.

Molepo said no arrests had yet been made. A case of malicious injury to property and murder had been opened.

Comments
  • Ross - 2012-05-03 22:50

    Well you cant beat a little outside class room action good on you guys. f those robbers chances are they probably would have tried to kill the person who's phone they robbed if he/she put up any struggle. nice to hear it the other way round 4 a change

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-07 14:12

      Agreed, well done to the students.

  • George - 2012-05-03 22:54

    I don't think there will be many stolen phones at Univ of Limpopo. Very vigilant of the students to defend their property.

  • Mimi - 2012-05-04 00:04

    i do not feel sori @ all 4 the killed robbed...not so long ago a law student was killed @ the same Univ 4 a phone and now this....hopefully this will be the last robbery there...!

  • Markhams - 2012-05-04 01:09

    students, nex t time kill them all...the jails are full already....and no one shall take a video of that....

  • Eric - 2012-05-04 01:29

    Give those students a Bells!

      Linda - 2012-05-04 15:18

      Oh come on! Enough with the Bells already. Very tired little comment. Try being original.

  • Ted - 2012-05-04 02:01

    Dumb thieves. How can eight thieves form a joint venture (JV) to steal a phone. They went to a place of learning to prove that little knowledge,education or wisdom is dangerous.

  • Lerato - 2012-05-04 05:36

    @least something positive from Limpopo, way to go students!

      senny.tloubatla - 2012-05-04 08:37

      Excuse me, what is that supposed to mean, Lerato??

      Martin - 2012-05-04 10:28

      senny limpopo makes the headlines way to often for bad stuff, its kinda getting a bad name

  • sefonagm - 2012-05-04 05:58

    we dont condone crime but taking justice into own hands doesnt make any justice.

  • maena.mapheto - 2012-05-04 06:41

    Injury to one is injury to all,solidarity was pledged by students this time around...now there is transportation of offcamp students_What a good move and may the soul of the killed thugs rest in peace

      roberta.keeling - 2012-05-07 13:42

      It will make others think twice before they try anything like that again!

  • Vince - 2012-05-04 07:01

    and everytime something like this happens, management increases security for a while then things go back to normal... Bravo to the students for doing something about it!!!

  • Vince - 2012-05-04 07:01

    and everytime something like this happens, management increases security for a while then things go back to normal... Bravo to the students for doing something about it!!!

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-04 07:20

    got to love mob justice! way more effective than the SAPS!!

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-05-04 07:40

    Behaving like animals...

  • nomvete - 2012-05-04 08:20

    this happened in the University of Zululand in 2009, there were no thefts there after. Nevertheless it goes to show that the Previously disadvantaged institutions do not do enough in terms enhancing their security systems. Something must be done

  • Blixum - 2012-05-04 08:38

    Typical jungle justice in a typical bantustan. Seems the only way to drive a message home. These students brought the death sentence back and the rest of us should learn from it. Killed for a cell phone!

  • khulu.marholeni - 2012-05-04 09:10

    'aluta continua' the struggle continues Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it if you are not a student you wont understand our grievances, the feeling of not able to walk free just a few meters away from the school premises? now they wanna do it inside the school premises? we are not gonna show an ounce of leniency to any two timie thugs those who live by then sword will die by the sword

      Ndoda Ndou - 2012-05-04 09:25

      turf has become 2 dangerous for students and in camp is the only place we can feel safe bt now this thugs want 2 dominate even inside camp! 2 that we say no, we went 2 the authorities when our sisters got raped, we went 2 the authorities when our brother got murdered 4 a cell phone and those authorities jst fed us with their fancy pregnant english bt failed 2 give birth 2 solutions. so now we take matters in our own hands

      Martin - 2012-05-04 10:34

      im with you guys, i remember being able to play in the street 15yrs ago with nearly no fear, now some guys think we are a source of income and easy target, they can vanish from the face of the earth quite easily. the police cant protect criminals from the new generations.

  • Thuli-Babe - 2012-05-04 09:34

    Give the students a bells.dis thugs hv destroyed our university.during feb 5 students were raped off campus,a 2nd year law student was murderd 4 a cell fone n nw thugs access entrance to our university n cause us pain everyday.BIG UPs TO DA STUDENTS

  • ralph.schminke - 2012-05-04 09:43

    wow are we really condoning murder here... Fine the guy stole a cellphone but kill him for it ?

  • DMAHUNGU - 2012-05-04 10:13

    Indeed the journey continues, if police as not giving a clear look on what is happening in turfloop, believe me more people are going to die there. The amazing part is how is all this happening while there is a security service which is making sure that no stranger enters the campus without a valid reason. Students now lives in fear while police as still investigating about something which is out of proportion, if this how the situation is going to be out there expect more people getting hurt or even kind in that institution

  • DMAHUNGU - 2012-05-04 10:13

    Indeed the journey continues, if police as not giving a clear look on what is happening in turfloop, believe me more people are going to die there. The amazing part is how is all this happening while there is a security service which is making sure that no stranger enters the campus without a valid reason. Students now lives in fear while police as still investigating about something which is out of proportion, if this how the situation is going to be out there expect more people getting hurt or even killed in that institution.

  • Martin - 2012-05-04 10:26

    good work, this is how we should treat criminals, no mercy, maybe they will think twice... give those students a non alcoholic bells

  • Lorna - 2012-05-04 10:38

    Tjo shame may his yun soul RIP...stil dnt bliev he ws prt of da robbery, i thnk he ws jus cot @ da wron plc,time,wit da wron ppl

      david.ramokgola - 2012-05-08 13:50

      @Lorna ur ryt hey..the have beaten the wrong guy at the wrong tym..anyway R.I.P my brother,we goin 2 mic u..only god knws Y..nxa poor securities of that cumpus..

  • Matthew - 2012-05-04 10:38

    The article i read before this was quite depressing. about the man shot and killed in his home driveway and the guys missioned off with his car. and here we have 8 guys for 1 cellphone (not saying much about there capability) and finally,yes,finally!!! we get some justice,by the only way possible to recieve justice in this god forsaken crime infested country,by doing it ourselves! I mean common,the guys got buggered up cause they wanted to play criminal and steal something.and the police comment that they're gaurding the robbers,and that they're all ok now,and that havnt arrested someone for the brutal attack...WTF?! you have the people you need to arrest right infront of you and you wanna go after a bunch of students that did the right thing?! our police force is pathetic. Well done to all that helped catch those robbers and show them the concequences of choosing crime as an income. Good for the students!,bravo lads!

  • Kala - 2012-05-04 10:42

    Malicious injury to property... A new crime?

      roberta.keeling - 2012-05-07 13:49

      Nice doggie you have, Kala.

  • Vernon - 2012-05-04 12:21

    give those students a.....err the day off

      Linda - 2012-05-04 15:22

      Thank you Vernon. Eish!

      roberta.keeling - 2012-05-07 13:50

      Met eish, ja met eish.

  • Flynn - 2012-05-04 12:50

    If you do the crime, you must do the time BUT this robber must do his time somewhere else.

  • Ingi - 2012-05-04 21:10

    Now that's the way to deal with crime, take the law into your own hands. Our prisons are full, so don't hold back, sock it to them babies!!!

  • Ally - 2012-05-07 13:42

    Today there are few less robbers to terrorise the people of Limpopo and SA. Yipppee! So yes, we really do condone murder in a case like this -- it seems to be the only thing that lawless people ultimately understand.

  • Eben - 2012-05-07 14:00

    "He said eight robbers stole a cellphone from a student earlier in the day." Seriously??

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-05-26 15:04

    mob justice, is mob freedom

  • Rob - 2012-05-26 16:07

    GOOD STUFF...

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