Alleged act of vigilantism ends in grisly death of 20-year-old

2018-02-14 06:01
PHOTO: makhosandile ZuluState morgue and police officials collecting Siphamandla Mbhense’s body in Imbali Unit 14 on Monday morning.

PHOTO: makhosandile ZuluState morgue and police officials collecting Siphamandla Mbhense’s body in Imbali Unit 14 on Monday morning.

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THE family of 20-year-old Siphamandla Mbhense who was found dead in Imbali Unit 14 on Monday morning is still reeling from the grisly find of his body.

The victim’s body lay on the street overnight after he had been allegedly assaulted by members of the community in what police believe to be an act of vigilantism on Sunday.

His aunt, Nombuso Mbhense said the family is deeply upset by the incident.

“He was a delinquent, we know that, and we know of incidents where a community would take the law into its own hands to straighten someone out, but to get to the extent of killing him,” Mbhense said.

The aunt described her nephew as someone who had gone wayward ever since dabbing in drugs, adding that in December 2017 he stole a cellphone from her.

She said the family was notified on Monday morning by someone close to them that something terrible had happened to Siphamandla.

Nombuso said they heard from those residing where Siphamndla’s body was found that he had allegedly stolen from one of the residents in the area.

She said he was injured mostly in the face, with his upper and lower jaw broken, his forehead severely swollen and his skull had been cracked open until bits of his brain spilled into the street.

“My mother and I cried when we saw his body, I could not believe it was actually him lying there,” she said.

According to the aunt, this was not the first time that Siphamandla had been at the mercy of a vigilante group.

Siphamandla was not the only one who was allegedly assaulted by the angry mob on Sunday evening.

A woman whose identity and age could not be verified by the Echo was allegedly beaten up by the community and spent the entire evening lying on the street next to Siphamandla until the next morning.

According to those who stood a stone’s throw away from where the two victims lay, when the woman was picked up by an ambulance on Monday morning, she was still alive and was rushed to a hospital.

Plessislaer SAPS spokesperson, Captain Musa Ntombela said the alleged act of vigilantism happened at around 8.30 pm on Sunday and that police were only called to the scene on Monday morning.

“According to reports, the two were suspected of stealing and they were approached by the community and one of them was killed,” Ntombela said.

He said no arrests have been made so far.

One resident who looked on as Siphamandla’s body was being collected said: “We as the community of Unit 14 are tired of people who are troublemakers, you come cause problems here we will sort you out.”

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