Vigilantes use ‘big rocks’ to kill suspected rapist

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Pietermaritzburg - Minutes after Pietermaritzburg K9 search and rescue officer Karl Gous and his dog Chazz found the body of a missing schoolgirl in Muden on Thursday, members of the community went on the rampage and stoned to death the man they believed was responsible.

Gous and Chazz, who have taken over from Jack Haskins who retired last month, were called on early yesterday to search for the schoolgirl, Pathela Tshabha (19), who went missing on Tuesday while walking to school.

The Witness was told she lived in a rural, mountainous area with few houses along the route she took to school along a footpath.

When she failed to come home after school her family started to search for her and reported her missing but she could not be found.

Yesterday morning Gous and Chazz searched the area and eventually found her body lying in thick bush next to the footpath. She appeared to have been strangled with her own school tie.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said minutes after the body was discovered and while police were still on the scene of that crime, angry members of the Muden community went out and attacked and stoned the man they suspected of involvement in the murder.

He was reportedly stoned to death with “big rocks” and his head bashed almost beyond recognition.

KwaZulu-Natal’s acting provincial police commissioner, Major-General Bhekinkosi Langa, condemned the vigilante killing.

“The community must not take the law into their own hands but rather hand over the suspect to the police who will investigate the alleged case … and charge him accordingly,” he said.

A second case of murder is now being investigated against the alleged vigilantes.

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