KZN vigilante attack toll rises to 9

2012-08-12 08:28

Durban - Nine members of a vigilante group guarding against cattle theft were shot dead and some 30 are missing after a revenge attack by villagers, police said on Saturday.

Police discovered the ninth body on Saturday after the shooting two days back in the hills near Pomeroy, 180km from Durban, the SABC said.

Around 30 members of the vigilante group were still missing.

The group on Thursday caught and allegedly beat up a man suspected of stealing cattle, police spokesperson Vincent Mdlunge told Sapa.

Local residents then ambushed the vigilantes.

Cattle wars are a longstanding feature in KwaZulu-Natal.

In a separate incident a week ago, five men were shot dead and 17 injured in an attack elsewhere in the province blamed on a clan feud, raising concern over violence in KwaZulu-Natal.

Around 14 000 people were killed in violence between rival political groups between 1990 and 1994, mostly in KwaZulu-Natal.

  • ziphok1 - 2012-08-12 09:01

    Vigilant groups were formed because police were doing nothing about cattle theft. Now people have stand up to protect what they'v been work so hard to have. Its sad that this people have been killed. And this is just the bigging.

      patrick.mettle.7 - 2012-08-12 09:57

      Agree. We should do the same for white farmers. Set up vigilante groups and ensure the farmers keep what they worked so hard for. Police is doing nothing so let's follow this example.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-12 11:05

      True, we no longer have an effective SAPS, and people are desperate now. It will get worse. Viva Popcru! Same as a stuffed education system.Viva Sadtu! Untouchables because they form part of the self serving "alliance".

  • - 2012-08-12 09:02

    14000 between 1990 to 1994? Makes the previous 40 years seem tame in comparrison.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-08-12 09:06

      Which 40 years?

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-08-12 09:08

    KZN is full of barbarians. Give them and limpopo to zim. But, establish a culture of entitlement, and thats what you get luthuli house.

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-12 09:53

      @ Pumlani this is about stock theft and the protectors of said stock being ambushed and killed by said stock thieves, NOTHING to do with ANC

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-12 11:07

      Kelvin - it has a lot to do with the ANC, they are a weak group with poor leadership. They are responsible for not keeping control of this country, for not governing this country.

      Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-12 11:45

      What does Luthuli house s got to do with that,if there are criminal elements in that area just say it,why do you involve the whole province,why dont you also mention Western Cape?

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-08-12 10:13

    Once you allow vigilante groupings to do as they please, this is the result. These groupings were not trained in whatever manner in dealing with stock theft etc. So, what do you expect from them?. The KZN Police,have failed the people of Pomeroy and elswhere.

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-12 10:29

      Sadly the stock theft in KZN is of such a nature that it is almost impossible to police, the areas are so vast and in most cases mountainous, stock theft happens at night mainly and therefore the cover of darkness adds to the level of difficulty in policing, police have not failed the people, the people have failed each other, neighbours killing neighbours, tribe killing tribe, cattle is wealth, a wealth worth killing for? not exactly evolving at the same rate as the rest of the country as afar as humanity is concerned

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-12 11:09

      The Mpumanlanga police have failed our people. Is there any province where the SAPS still functions properly and has some pride? The KZN stock theft units used to be excellent, why are they no longer coping?

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-08-12 10:39

    This is very sad, for how long our province is gonna be associated with violence,vigilante,killing....etc. This is very bad we need to change the way the rest of the country is looking at our province, yes some of the comments might not sound good but the fact remains they are nothing but truth. You cannot blame people's comments and not blaming the bad habit.

  • wendetutubalang.wende - 2012-08-12 11:46

    That is very sad and I appeal to goverment of kwazulu natal to ensure that perpetrators are naileD and be brought before the justice department for those barbaric acts of violence because violence is unconstitutional in these country. I have confidence in the south police service because they will leave no stone un_turned

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-12 11:51

    Rural terrorists

  • Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-12 11:54

    The problem with the likes of Leonard is that they like to play a race card and associate all the evils with blacks and the ANC and portray white people as holly cows,when a white person does something wrong they dont comment and that s where it becomes a problem,if a person or people ve done something that is uncalled for should be reprimanded without looking @ the colour of his or her skin

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-12 12:00

    sounds like nothings changed from the 1800s until now. no value for life, no respect for law or greater power. i hate to think where Africa would be now if colonists didn't arrive - SA would be a remote place with low population and untamed - the perfect place for mass takeover by the greatest power on earth (China ???, USA???). let's take our past and present and as Africans use our lessons to benefit the future for our children and help to not leave behind death and destruction for our loved ones.

      Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-12 12:12

      I also think that@Sutherland you are insulting the African people that we are only living bcos of the settlers,why if certain individuals mentality are not right you tend to blame their whole human race,we must guard against sentiments that provokes other peoples emotions

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-12 13:50

      Tricia - I agree with Phumlani that the continent may have been better off without colonisation. If Africa had been allowed to develop at its own pace I think it would be far less chaotic. Sure, the population would be a lot lower, technology may be less advanced - but is Africa a paradise because of our influence? No, far from it! But colonisation is history, I'm a product of it, it can't be reversed. You cannot reverse history Phumlani, you really have no other choice but than to adapt to it. That will seems to be lacking - the lack of will to adapt to current realities ...

      tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-12 14:02

      interesting that two African people clearly from different backgrounds agreeing and accepting the past and the present and both hopeful of a bright future for SA. i on the other hand am sick of hearing comments that 'Europeans' must go back to where they come from and that SA has been ruined by the western influence. i no longer live in SA but all my favourite things are there, but at least i have a job and security where i am now. i am very very bitter and i don't blame black people - but i don't like being told i'm not welcome in the country of my birth, of my parents and grandparents birth and the birth of my children!!!

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-12 14:48

      Tricia, how on earth do you tame a person? It's a good thing really that you are no longer in our beloved country. God knows how you look at an African man/woman (primitive, backward, uneducated, need more taming). For your information, the guns that these people use are not an African invention. They are a western invention, colonial invention.

      tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-12 15:10

      the present SA government are trying to tame it's people with its communistic approach. yes, guns were brought by colonists but who are the ones running around with homemade guns today killing people? i def do not look at African people as backward or primitive - on the contrary. i am defending myself against comments that i must go back to where i came from! i came from South Africa, as did my family only in the 1940s and i was taught to love and respect people from all walks of life which i did only to hear comments now that my children are not welcome in SA because they are white. i am still a South African and have my animals and family there - and i will happily come back tomorrow if i had a job there or was called to fight for my right in South Africa. the past is what it is and is inexcusable - but the present is bleak looking at the ANC and it's supporters and many people still bickering instead of being being kind, tolerant and forgiving. i've tried but can't help becoming bitter. nearly 20yrs has gone by and my hope for my homeland has faded, and i've only been gone for over a year and i am desperately homesick - but i get told i am unwelcome there. it's reverse apartheid. i have insulted no-one just simply stating facts!!!!

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-12 15:22

      So according to you and your excuse of bitterness, blacks are running around with guns and that's it. I'm black and I can even operate a simple revolver handgun, on the other hand we have just been informed recently that there are some white folks who were trying to topple the government. Their main aim? 'Driving black and Indian people out of their home country. These folks were arrested with an arsenal of weaponry, you name them, some of them we never heard of. And, the sympathy they got in a way of these 'comments' is sickening. Are we bitter, noooo, so facts are 'you are a racist by heart darling', and I repeat 'it's a good thing you are not in (y)our country.

  • lucky.luck.98 - 2012-08-12 12:06

    We must blame minister of police because when he must deploy the police who are train for high risk operations and rural ops he deploys the pops to control public is bad for our country someone must be blamed either the Police General or The Minister.

      Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-12 12:17

      @Lucky you must know your facts before blaming anybody,since when does the minister of police is involved in operational Issues of the police,

      lucky.luck.98 - 2012-08-12 13:54

      I am blaming him because even in Cape Town 20 people lost there lives he did 'nt deploy the police there after a request from the people instant he send the watercanon even in Pomoroy he will send them.NKANDLA

  • Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-12 12:32

    You may try in vain to discredit the ANC the truth of the matter is that no one is perfect,it does ve its up and downs like all the parties,you must be able to differentiate between a party and the individuals,there s no clause in the party s constitution that condones all ill doings that you ve mentioned

      arne.verhoef - 2012-08-12 13:04

      So they should just be forgiven for the massive mismanagement of a developing country? Collect R200 and pass go? No, you get someone better to do it, who actually have the peoples interest at heart, not the interest of their bank accounts.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-12 13:54

      Your tolerance of the ANC's failures is a big part of the problem Phumlani. Stop idolising them, yes, they got you your "freedom", you can credit them for that, but the task they currently have they are failing at - don't accept it. That task is governing the country properly, making your "freedom" have a real value.

  • Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-12 14:36

    Again he s not the one who deals operational issues its the brigadiers and colonels,you cannot just send members ,1 needs to strategise first and know the type of operation you gonna be involved in and know the units that you gonna utilise,in Capetown the Devil alliance was calling for an army without knowing the armys abilities

  • joeballito - 2012-08-12 15:15

    We have an anual murder count of 18000 people a year.This is worse than in Iraq or Syria,the last of which is in a civil war.50 murders a day!Only 9% conviction rate on murder cases,in other words you have a 91% chance not to be convicted on a murder charge.Dont exceed the speed limit though,you WILL get caught.Pathetic.

  • Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-12 16:14

    Again he s not the one who deals with operational issues its the brigadiers and colonels,you cannot just send members ,1 needs to strategise first and know the type of operation you gonna be involved in and know the units that you gonna utilise,in Capetown the Devil alliance was calling for an army without knowing the armys abilities

      lucky.luck.98 - 2012-08-12 16:36

      Yes those brgier and colonels they do not have any knowledge about the units because they are the teachers few of them they are the police but they do not have any say to the polotician.we must send the political parties.

  • james.honiball - 2012-08-12 16:21

    To the journalist whom wrote the article: I don't agree with your use of unrelated statistics at the end of the report. What has it to do with the story? The statistics are about a political story and in my opinion used in this context to forward a biased point of view that the province is known for violence. This may very well be the case, but i'd suggest using relevant information. I'm sure when you write an article about politics, you wouldn't reference a story on cattle theft.

  • Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-12 17:06

    Chief am not sure which police are you talking abt,how can a teacher be a commander of NIU,TRT and pop ?I ve not seen a politician taking control of the units or a police station ,may be there are things that i dont know which are known by you,plz dont politicise the Saps

      lucky.luck.98 - 2012-08-12 18:43

      Yes thanx how many of them that are the top managers who do not even have basic training,but they are top managers of the saps.they do not even know what the police shot off,do not tell me about TRT and NIU they are controlled by the people who do not have direction they busy with the promotion.Those people they do not care bcz those who are dieng are the Blacks.BLACKS are on top but advices are WHITE.

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