Man beaten for suspected child abuse

2012-09-24 13:04

East London - A man suspected of child abuse is in hospital after being beaten by angry residents in Kwa Nobuhle, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

On Saturday the father of a 5-year-old boy noticed he was missing, said Lieutenant-Colonel Priscilla Naidu said.

The father and local residents began searching for the child and later found him walking with the man.

At first the community was grateful to him, but when he left the child accused the man of sexually assaulting him.

The boy's father chased and caught the man and an angry crowd attacked him.

The boy and the man were hospitalised.

The man would appear in court soon, Naidu said.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-24 13:14

    I don't like mob justice, but speaking as a father, he's lucky I wasn't the father...

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-24 17:00

      @squeegee. pilot:) the origins of law teaches us that in the past self-help was the way justice was dispensed. But that was replaced by leaving justice into the capable hands of those who are trained to do so, hence the old principle of law which goes like; when justice is done it must be seen to be done. Hope I'm making sense.

  • kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-09-24 13:33


  • Nwabisa ChloĆ© Masiza - 2012-09-24 14:08

    but their justice is really swift in this country! They should have beaten him to death! Perps like him dont deserve to even be sentenced for a couple of years!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 14:28

    Good, im joining the mob party there are too many thugs in sa who need to be put in their place,starting at the top.A good hard clout or 10 does wonders to attitutes.

  • anele.mveku - 2012-09-24 14:34

    I hope he dies on that hospital bed, too bad they didnot beat him to death.

  • michele.lavagna - 2012-09-24 14:48

    Why is this man still aloud to be alive? He sexually assaulted a 5 year old. Good for the father.

  • sithembisopa.phewa - 2012-09-24 14:56

    and he survive not a gud end to the story.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-24 15:51

    The punishment of a man or woman charged with crime can only happen in a free democratic society if he is convicted after due process. It is critical to the maintenance of that due process that any defendant who denies a charge receives a fair trial, in which trial the case is decided on the evidence. So whilst everyone is very gleeful at this man's punishment, consider if any of you were mistakenly/wrongfully accused and fell into the hands of a mob acting on rage instead of fact.

      MerryMartin - 2012-09-24 16:32

      I agree, but I can also understand why people take the law into their own hands. As a parent, I know how I would feel if someone assaulted my kids. We all know that if these matters are left to the "system", chances are that the cretin will walk away scot-free, and the child, and his family, will be left to try to cope with the aftermath. Until we have a proper, working police force and justice system, I can't say I blame anyone for taking the "mob justice" route.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-24 16:52

      That's why I miss your most intelligible and incisive comments in this forum, Lacrimosewolf. First, let me state that I'm a father, too. Secondly, what did a 5 year-old said that was so convincing and so overwhelming to convince them of that sexual assault without the Dr's confirmation? What happens to presumption of innocent till proven otherwise? Did the person who dispense the so-called mob-justice have any legal training and experience? What if the whole thing is a mistake? I'm talking from almost 26 of criminal justice experience! Just makes you think before you gleefully celebrate the actions of a lynch mbo?

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-24 17:53

      @siphom - we meet again! :) I empathise with the sentiment and outrage and a strong sense that the justice system fails those who need protection most. What South Africans (from the Pres all the way down) are spectacularly good at is addressing the wrong problem. We are not consistent in our support of citizens' "justice". If we were, then we must also say "good" when an employer assaults or murders an employee because that employer also feels let down by the justice system (or just doesn't agree with the laws). We mus say "good" when a mob tears up roads and torches public buildings or prevents children from going to school because the system doesn't work for them. To be a civilised and democratic society, we cannot pick and choose which laws we'll adhere to and those we will not. From speeding to murder (and everything in between), these are the laws of the country. If people don't like them, then get them changed. Taking matters into one's own hands (or ignoring those laws we don't agree with) makes one a contributor to lawlessness. We cannot look around and say "animals, savages" because it is something we disagree with and then in the next breath behave in the same animal and savage way because it's something we do. There are gaping craters in the entire justice system, let us place our anger and outrage there. The right to a jury system would be a good start.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 18:10

    He was give a fair trial hehehe what a pleasure the mob arnt stupid.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 18:13

    siphom 5 year olds dont lie well not in my culture anyway.The mob must take out the agents yebo.

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