Mob seriously beat suspected thief

2016-12-07 06:01

FOR the past two weeks social media has been buzzing with reports of babies or toddlers being kidnapped. In Greytown rumours were circulating on a daily basis of a baby being snatched at each of the town's supermarkets as well in the outlying rural areas.

These rumours reached crisis point early last Friday afternoon when a man allegedly tried to rob a woman in a Durban Street store - the woman did have a young child with her. Because of this someone started shouting that the thief was trying to kidnap the youngster. Members of the crowd grabbed the man and started to beat him up - so severely that he had to be hospitalised.

Because of the intensity of the crowd, the store closed its doors until the people had calmed down. There was a large police presence as well as local security personnel.

Two urgent appeals have been made by the police and security firms to stop spreading rumours - there was one case of kidnapping in Durban several weeks ago. Police sources say no such cases have been reported in Umvoti.

The second appeal is to members of the public not to take the law into their own hands as was done on Friday, but allow the police and security firms to handle and control the situation.

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