Free State 8 held for mob murder of teen

2012-04-23 13:18

Pretoria - Eight people, four of them women, will appear in the Mankwane Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the mob justice murder of a teenager, Free State police said.

Phuthaditjhaba residents on Friday accused Samuel Mkhwanazi, 17, of a spate of robberies in the area, said Sergeant Mmako Mophiring.

Residents caught Mkhwanazi and alerted the police. While police were on their way, they started beating him.

"On arrival, the police found the suspect injured and rushed him to Mofumahadi Manapo Regional Hospital for treatment. He died on Saturday."

A murder docket was opened and the eight people, aged between 20 and 47, were arrested.

  • Lebogang - 2012-04-23 13:28

    Throw the book at these savages.

      Deon - 2012-04-23 14:37

      I agree you don't have the right to kill unless your life is in danger.

  • Rob - 2012-04-23 13:29

    Hooka Chakka, hooka chukka kill, kill, kill. Yep, crime knows no colour. All ages, all races & of course all genders. Lucky us !

  • Meagun - 2012-04-23 13:38

    If police did their jobs, by acting fast and responding to calls made by angry residence, to arrest criminals, People from the community wouldn't have to take the law into their own hands-- Now a teenager is dead, and a mother, father, brother, sister,uncle ect may face jail time-- all because ONCE again OUR justice system and police have failed To do their jobs---- *just saying*

      Rob - 2012-04-23 13:41

      Crap Meagun. So they were forced to kill then, because the police took their time ?

  • Sharon - 2012-04-23 13:41

    The article does not say how long the police took to show up!! Might explain a lot of things. Incidences like these should be a clear indication to government that people are fed up with crime. The police are letting all honest civilians who are repeatedly robbed and raped, even murdered, down in a big way. I do not condone what happened, murder in any form is wrong. I do, however, understand these people's frustration.

      Rob - 2012-04-23 13:49

      Ya, we are all g@tvoel, but can you imagine if this happened in a predominantly white neighbourhood & we offed some little black tsotsi, who had been stealing from us, before the police arrived. All hell would break loose & there would be no comment made, such as yours above.

      Sharon - 2012-04-23 14:01

      @ Rob - I stand by my comment, no matter where it happens. I know that crime is bad everywhere, but I live by the ratio. I believe that crime in the townships is ten times worse than in the suburbs.

  • Thoka - 2012-04-23 13:45

    they are sick and tired. justice protect criminals.

  • Meagun - 2012-04-23 13:45

    Rob, pls understand, I'm not justifying their actions, Merely pointing out the faults of our government, and SO called POLICE... What they did was wrong, BUT y is it the responsibility of the community to catch criminals, WHY do we have police men and women, WHO we pay*tax payers* that is... Let me Make this clear.. *they were wrong and had no right to kill the boy* BUT, why didn't the police do their jobs and arrest the criminal, before the community got hold of him?????

      Rob - 2012-04-23 13:59

      The point is Meagun. What are the chances of a white community, equally as fed up as many in black communities appear to be, carrying out this kind of mob justice ? When this happens in black communities, many of the comments posted appear to favour the mob's actions. Would those very same commontators feel the same way if it was a white mob, in a white community. Hmmmmmm. I seriously doubt it !

  • Andrew - 2012-04-23 13:48

    Just like the Soweto rape of the teen and two days later another instance no this!!!! What is it with the blacks in this country???? Sick.

      Phae - 2012-04-23 15:50

      And this is the Andrew who is filled with the Holy Spirit? Sick. WTF dude!

  • Meagun - 2012-04-23 13:55

    So Predictable---- The black and white card gets pulled.... Anyway, everyone is entitled to their opinion... Chow....

      Phillie - 2012-04-23 14:08

      What rob seems to forget is that 99% of the white community have learnt over thousands of years to respect life and the governing institutions and are cultured!!

      Rob - 2012-04-23 14:18

      No Phillie. I have not forgotten & you & I both know the chances of mob justice in a white community would not take place. We are different & do not suffer from the afflication, so common to our majority as " mob mentality. " My question is....IF it did happen, would most of the black commentators on these forums who appear to be sympathetic to this form of justice, be equally sympathetic if it were whites responsible ? A fair & legitimate question, I feel.

  • Meagun - 2012-04-23 14:06

    @ Rob--- My comment said nothing about *if this happens in the white community, Or In a black community* MY comment --- POINTED out the problem I have with the justice system and police-- U brought race into this..TO me it cuts no ice -- FACT is our government is USELESS--- I don't entertain any Racial POINTS... Have a good day..

      Rob - 2012-04-23 14:22

      Meagun....I am NOT having a go @ you. Your comment merely had me thinking of previous times this kind of mob justice has taken place & what IF..... Having said that though, just because the police fail to arrive on time & the community is frustrated, that is NOT sufficiant reason to kill. AND that my dear, is what seperates US from THEM !

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-23 14:14

    Community Mob Justice. Can you really blame the communities? Me don't think so.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-23 15:31

      For robbery? Maybe this kid did it wrong, he should've gone and robbed and killed a bunch of rich folks, then the community wouldn't be so upset. He wasn't hardcore enough, and now he is dead. All because no one (government included) could help him support himself and provide basic needs. Who would steal from poor people unless they had to?

      Sharon - 2012-04-23 16:10

      @ Tony - Wealth is relative. To someone who has nothing, anyone who has something would seem rich! Our domestic assistant was robbed once, and they stole everything, even her underwear. Is she wealthy? To them, maybe, because she had more than they did.

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-04-23 14:27

    Pity these people dont change their votes, then maybe they will have a government that will actually care about them instead of leaving them to fight their own battles and adding to the crime problem.

  • Faizie - 2012-04-23 15:37

    May he thieve in heaven

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-23 17:05

    im with the mob id love to have freedom to kill all rapest murders child abusers andrew i kinda understand

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-04-23 19:13

    And not once did it say confirmed,guilty thief and robber, it said suspected - Mob justice is not right and they deserve to rot in jail, a human life is worth more than some piece of paper someone important decided on calling currency! That little voice that keeps you up at night is called a ? ...... We should help not hurt, give not always take, and don't forget to feel once in a while after all we are human beings

  • Rob - 2012-05-26 16:09


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