Man badly beaten for theft that never was

2009-08-27 00:00

A SCOTTSVILLE man is living in fear after he was taken for a ride, stripped naked and repeatedly beaten up by men who accused him of stealing a cellphone from a woman.

Zamo Skhosana (22) is in hiding with relatives after he was attacked by men who accused him of a robbery which he denies.

He said he was walking with his 15-year-old brother on Sunday afternoon when two cars stopped in front of them.

“We were on our way to Scottsville shopping centre when a silver Audi and a Corolla pulled up in front of us and six men jumped out of the cars and came towards us. While I was still wondering what was happening, one of them hit me and asked me where my phone was.”

He said he thought it was a robbery, but when he told them he had no cellphone a woman came out of the car and accused him of having robbed her of her cellphone.

“She said I was with the other three guys when we stole her cellphone. I told them I have never robbed anyone, but they did not listen and continued to beat me up and said I was lying.

“After a few minutes they told us they were taking us home to tell our parents.”

At Skhosana’s home, they released his younger brother and told him they were taking him to the police station. Instead he was driven to Alexandra Park behind the Harry Gwala stadium.

Along the way the beating continued while the men made phone calls. “At the park they stripped me naked, threw away my jacket and tracksuit pants and kicked me for more than an hour. They also took R80.”

He said more men later arrived and joined in the beating.

Skhosana reported the matter to the police on Monday. 

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