Cape Town teen beaten, necklaced

2012-11-19 10:35

Cape Town - A teenage boy was beaten and set alight in a Cape Town informal settlement at the weekend, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that a mob removed Sakhumzi Mawu, 18, from his home in Samora Machel around 17:00 on Saturday.

Residents had allegedly found stolen goods in his room.

His aunt, Thembakazi Ngombane, told the newspaper she felt helpless watching the mob attack him.

"I could see that his body was already weak by the time they took him up the road and put a burning tyre on him," she said.

"I could hear him crying and screaming and I felt bad, but there was nothing I could do about it."
Provincial police spokesperson André Traut said no arrests had been made.

"We will not allow the public to take the law into their own hands, and we will treat those who do as common criminals," he said.

Mawu's mother Thandi said her son had stolen a number of items from their shack in the last eight years.

"I think he started using drugs in 2004. He stole our TV, DVD and clothes... they found those people's things in his room, so I can't do anything."

  • teri.bosmanbekker - 2012-11-19 10:40

    WOW hey!!! Shocking...

      brian.exmachina - 2012-11-19 10:51

      Sick, sick, sick. We've got a very sick society in South Africa. People murder easily and for nothing, and in the cruelest ways possible. The people who did this are psychopaths. No normal person can burn another to death.

      ncele.phutha - 2012-11-19 11:00

      Janice jou ma en jou familie bly hieso, moenie n beter koffie wees. Iemand is dood en jy kom hieso met jou rasist gedagt.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-19 11:05

      Sorry ncele, but I think the truth hurts!

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-19 11:12

      @ ncele.phutha - Hey boetie... Vertel my asb hoe op aarde sy racist was??? Sy het net gese die swartes is gatvol van die crime!

      spartanx93 - 2012-11-19 11:13

      Now only if the mobs would grip the ANC top brass and necklace them for theft and abuse of human rights!!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-19 11:22

      mzakes, the truth that the majority of the people in this country are GATVOL!!!!!

      pieter.calitz - 2012-11-19 11:22

      mzakes.matabata. Definition - Racist "a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others." So, where did she state that any race is superior to another?

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-11-19 11:29

      Although this is a terribly sad story, one cannot help but see the irony in it. Had that boy stolen from white people and brought his loot home, nobody would have cared. But because he stole from his own community he paid the ultimate price for it. Racism and double standards are entrenched everywhere in our society across all races and "our" racist corrupt Government keeps reinforcing this every single day.

      mzakes.matabata - 2012-11-19 11:34

      @reality, not sure what reality you live. Now she needs to state the obvious? no need to sometimes whats not said can be more obvious than the stated.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-19 11:35

      At first when I read janice's statement I also, sorry janice, I think what janice meant here with OWN is the people from the same township, not colour or race or something.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-19 11:35

      @frankvankaapstad it's like the white community did care when he was stealing from the black community. If he steals from the white community why didn't you go hunt him and give him mob justice??? People are protecting themselves and you come with your racist junk!!!

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-19 11:37

      @ mzakes.matabata - Please do not become like the ANC who ALWAYS turn any statement from their opposition into a racist argument! She ONLY said that the black community is gatvol of the crime! So gatvol that they take the law into their own hands... Please stop trying to fabricate things that aren't there in the first place!

      pieter.calitz - 2012-11-19 11:45

      zakes.matabata So you just assume somebody is racist because of things she does not say? This is the same if someone giving you a murder sentence for not murdering someone because they assumed you committed the murder. Assumption is the mother of all F.....

      Nonpopular Newsreel - 2013-03-10 19:55

      Seems like the death penalty is in place in South Africa after all, only without due process and for the crime of theft no less. It is a sad day when the rule of law has no meaning and peoples frustration at the utter lack of leadership and their mistrust of law enforcement prompts this kind of response to a lesser crime.

  • luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-19 10:44

    Zuma: "... we must solve our problems the African way"

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-19 11:07

      Ja ne??? Some of our black folk are still living in the stone age. The barbaric manner in which these mob justices are done is beyond any 1st world person's comprehension. I have seen so many clips of mob justices on YouTube and the most brutal of them happen in Africa. They don't just stone or kill them them in any other half decent way... They actually make them suffer by torturing them beyond human pain threshold before burning them alive. It's f%&king disgraceful what these people are capable of. I am not racist but I am sure as hell am glad that I was not born black! I would be too scared of getting rape, mugged or killed and to leave my shack every day!!!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-11-19 11:11

      Yes Luther, that is what the half wit said, he is responsible for so much, I can't believe he is even being considered for a second term, the only term he should be considered for is a long prison term, the man is pathetic and anyone that supports him can also be considered pathetic.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-19 10:46

    Eish . Mob 1 - Gangmember 0

  • morne.vanderberg.5 - 2012-11-19 10:47

    the African way

      xolile.khoza.505 - 2013-01-09 06:14

      African way of course! We are so gatvol in our communities too, if I had such a heart too, surely by now I would have necklaced a few...

  • henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-11-19 10:49

    Two questions: 1 - Did he survive? No mention of this. 2 - Why is this still happening in Mandela's South Africa?

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-11-19 11:16

      This isn't Mandela's South Africa, it never has been and it never will be. The dream he had for this country will never see the light of day as long as corruption and racism are part and parcel of the ANC. Zuma fought alongside Mandela all those years ago and now he is getting his own payback, just like all the other cronies.

      wim.kotze.9 - 2012-11-19 12:58

      May be because it is Mandela's South Africa.

  • marius.koen2 - 2012-11-19 10:51

    this is terrible

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-19 10:52

    Barbarians, this is SUPPOSED to be a civilized country

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-19 11:14

      FAAAARRRR from it!!!!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-11-19 10:53

    Eish, my fellow-citizens are savages.

  • Konapi - 2012-11-19 10:53

    He started using drugs 8 yrs back and now he is 18 yrs old.....yhooooo...that mean he started at an early age of 10.....something is fishy about his backround.

  • ncele.phutha - 2012-11-19 10:53

    the mom said he started using drugs in 2004; the boy was killed at the age of 18 in 2012 so he started using at the age of 10?

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-19 11:00

    Lets see.... Now who should be blamed for this ?. Do i hear some names ?

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-19 11:47

      YES Zuma, do things the African way. That man never thinks or weighs up the consequences before he opens his mouth

      Havokreeka - 2012-11-19 11:57

      Apartheid? :P

      wim.kotze.9 - 2012-11-19 13:03

      The article mentioned her name is Thandi. Perhaps Thandi can name the father.

      hannesenbrianda - 2013-01-09 03:33

      I think there is a couple of people that should take responsibility instead of just saying that they could not do anything: - The parents of the boy that allowed him to use drugs and become a thieve. Any good parent will never give up and do their best to teach their child the right way. The father is not even mentioned and the mum in my opinion just gave up. - Those that lead the mob and everyone that was part of the mob and did nothing to stop it - The police for not doing their job so that the community can have faith in the justice system - You and I that dare to think that he got what he deserved. Few children are born bad, most are made bad by poor parenting and bad cicumstances. Death is not a just punishment for stealing. Even if we do not want to admit it, deep down we shoul know that we failed this child and it cost him his life.

  • lyndol.lyons - 2012-11-19 11:02

    I thought this was 2012 and not the Medieval? Savages!!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-19 11:12

    The result of no more Trust,in the SAPS.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-19 11:15

    Horrific!! What a sick society we are becoming!

      tw2066 - 2012-11-19 13:41

      No, I think this has been this way for years. The fact that THIS story made news, doesn't mean it doesn't happen always. A black guy I work with got stabbed by 8 guys in KZN Saturday for R150. Apparently the community stoned 3 of the killers on Sunday.

  • mzakes.matabata - 2012-11-19 11:19

    Oh for the love of ***, I frequently read on these forums people saying Hang them,kill them, they don't deserve live. What seems to be the problem now what a bunch of pathetic hypocrites.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-19 11:56

      mzakes while I agree with you there I have been one of those, one cannot take the law into ones own hands it gives people the impression they are the judges and executioners. Can you imagine what the grandmother went through, and oh my god that boys pain and cries before his death.

      tw2066 - 2012-11-19 13:42

      So what should we say?

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-19 11:21

    Eliminate the problem dnt solve the problem

  • igshaanp - 2012-11-19 11:22

    i like what black people\mob\ do when people steal keep up the good work until the death penalty is brought back hear,hear

      igshaanp - 2012-11-19 11:40

      coloureds should stand together aswell and start cutting hands off dont you agree

      hannesenbrianda - 2013-01-09 03:34

      No that is not the answer. A justice system people can trust is.

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-11-19 11:29

    No leadership crisis_You are 'the' crisis JZ!

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-11-19 11:32

    That's right. If you are in anyway caught steeling, or in possession of stolen goods this is what will happen to you. Let me catch you in my house, and I will shoot you dead. I'm waiting for you with my Beretta. I'll end your life.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-19 13:30

      oh come on!! No kid deserves that for pinching a few things. But we happily let the government steal everyone blind?? Why don't we strike about something worthwhile... bring back the death penalty so that people don't over react like this. The punishment must fit the crime and no one deserves a necklacing

  • - 2012-11-19 11:38

    If crime cannot be curbed, the public will sure as hell take matters into there own hands... We are sick of crime and the benefits that these criminals are getting away with!!

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-11-19 11:38

    I don't agree with the manner in which the youth was dealt with, don't get me wrong, but (and I might get a lot of thumbs down for this). Here is perfect evidence of how gatvol people are in SA. I bet you the next person is going to think twice before stealing something again from people in this township.

      0001000ghost - 2012-11-19 11:49

      Oh really? Only from people in the townships..? What about stealing from ALL people?

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-19 12:02

      talana What if a person has a vendetta against another, a few friends get together and decided to beat and burn him after planting evidence to incriminate the poor sod, who now doesn't stand a chance against his enemies'. You cannot take the law into your own hands.

  • Cayowin - 2012-11-19 11:40

    Steal little - get a tire. Steal big - get a trial and medical parole. Steal Huge - get elected president. SA logic.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-11-19 11:43

    This is somewhat shocking to see that we're descending back into the necklacing phase again :(

  • nomthandazo.nkonde.1 - 2012-11-19 11:58

    Even parents are tired of their own kids. They don't have control over them anymore, their lives are also at risk. I mean, this guy stole from his own family. So, if your own mother admits that you're a thief that says it all. Let's not even talk about justice coz there is none.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-19 13:34

      He was a thief, not a murdering rapist. He didn't deserve that. What if someone planted the things in his room? There is a reason why we have laws. We are starting to really lose the plot!

  • nomfezeko.quvana - 2012-11-19 11:58

    This is bad. I do not know what to say. It is of cause wrong for the community to take the law to their hands. BUT our government should ask itself what is it that it is doing wrong. People are frustrated by the crime rate that is constantly growing high. They have lost hope in the justice system, they see that a criminal is protected rather than a responsible citizent. I do not support this behaviour, but do we have any law in South Africa, given the crime rate??

  • Mike - 2012-11-19 12:02

    Way to go! South africa! You can take the savage out of the bush.....

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-11-19 12:12

    The mother doesn't sound too sad about it. She was probably tired from having to buy new stuff,because the tikkop was selling everything he could get his hands on.

  • Martha1234 - 2012-11-19 13:10

    There is no leadership, there are no morals. We need leaders who are honorable, to show our youth how to live a good, productive life. Whilst this is a terrible way to stop crime, unless the government tackles the problem themselves, this is going to happen more and more. I can't even claim to have sympathy for this young man, we as South Africans are sick and tired of crime. But how will we ever stop it when our politicians are criminals too! We need to use the only weapon we have against corruption, our vote! I don't care which party you vote for, but please just vote for a change!!!

  • johan.w.meintjes - 2012-11-19 13:14

    How can you think it is right to burn somebody alive for steeling some stuff, but think it is fine to burn farms while striking? What should the punishment then be for that arsonist? None of this should happen in a beautifull country like ours. #doublestandards

  • kamohelo.olifant - 2012-11-19 13:47

    although I hate crime nd murders somehow I feel justice has been served this guys have no mercy when thy meet u nd robbed u ask me my friend was robbed nd stabbed 2 weeks bak nd I know is 1 of the cases that will just vanish as nothing happend excuse my rudeness but it's true.. Minus 1 criminal better for all of us white and black

  • mona.jafthas - 2012-11-19 14:01


  • tanyabussio - 2012-11-19 14:11

    I honestly think that is why our country is having so many rapes and vicious murders, because the Africans are brought up in their culture/religion to do revenge killings (and to take matters in their own hands)and therefore they have no pity when killing any race or person as an adult! Very sad actually!

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-11-19 14:54

    Police must do their work then this wont happen

  • angela.clegg.7 - 2013-01-09 06:46

    LONDON TIMES - QUOTE OF THE WEEK Interesting point of view - Affirmative Action: "South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others." ... Finally, a word recently coined to describe South Africa's current political situation. Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-03-10 19:07

      Quote of the week... about 2 years ago!

  • Peter Ellis - 2013-03-10 19:21

    I think people are getting dwsperate because police are not doing their job. and crime has got out of control hand long ago.

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