Sand dune bodies linked to TV theft
Cape Town - The theft of a plasma television may have led to the death of three men in Macassar, Cape Town, according to a report on Friday.
The Cape Times reported that the men were allegedly abducted on Wednesday afternoon and tortured for nine hours by community members who held them responsible for the theft.
Macassar police, who refused to be named, told the newspaper they found sticks that could have been used as murder weapons as well as a plastic container with a chemical fluid in it, which may have been forced down the men's throats.
The bodies of Luxulo Mpontshane, 25, Mabhuti Matinise, 20, and Sivuyile Rota, 28, were found on the Macassar sand dunes by a police patrol early on Thursday morning.
Captain Frederick van Wyk said the men were full of marks and injuries. He did not rule out a case of vigilantism.
Four people had since been arrested on murder and abduction charges.