Man dies after mob justice attack

2012-01-05 08:02

Polokwane - A 20-year-old man has died in Lebowakgomo hospital after he was beaten by a crowd that accused him of stealing from a shop, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

Dumi Phasha was severely beaten by community members just before midnight on Tuesday at a shop in Tsoaing village in Ga-Mphahlele, said Captain Mamphaswa Seabi.

The youth was taken to hospital, but died on Wednesday.

Seabi said police were investigating a case of murder.

"As police we would like to urge our communities not to take the law into their own hands but detain the suspects until the police arrive," he said.

No arrests have been made.

  • Niekie - 2012-01-05 08:10

    Animals, nothing but animals!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-05 08:21

      You are right. Now several kids will grow up without fathers and mothers because they will be in jail for murder. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

      Fenderbender - 2012-01-05 08:39

      Squeegee - Jail for murder ? In South Africa ! , dont think so

      Percy - 2012-01-05 08:44

      you(animals) are the same ppl that call for blood when crime is commited against white ppl...but when it is commited against blaks u want the law to take its course! Hypocryts!

      Ltisch - 2012-01-05 08:50

      @Percy - what in the world are you talking about. Please back up your statement with an example, it has no relevance. Please also learn to spell! Geez!

      supersunbird - 2012-01-05 09:18

      Nes die witmense niekie:

      Niekie - 2012-01-05 12:40

      Percy and Supersunbird, please tell me when a mob of white people in SA attacked one of their own and beat him/her to death with stones and wooden planks? Percy, there is a huge difference between calling for blood and taking a person outside and beating him to death. Did you see on 3rd Degree when a mob beat a Zim boy to death in Jhb? Animals, all of them! Please show me the footage where a white mob kills a white person....good luck!

      Niekie - 2012-01-05 12:46

      @ supersunbird, the two cases are 2 totally diffenrent things! A madman who kills his son is not even remotely the same as a group of people stoning and beating a suspected thief to death, not even close!

  • Kacee - 2012-01-05 08:10

    Well done ANC, your own people dont even trust in you to do your job.... sad how they still vote for you.

      Travers - 2012-01-05 08:15

      i blame the colour purple, dont assume politics has something to do with everything

      Kacee - 2012-01-05 08:56

      Travers, the current political system is the cause for the increase in this type of thing happening. The peoples frustration is at boiling point and people are paying with their lives. Do yourself a favor... go and have an honest chat to some township peeps... You statement will change.

  • George - 2012-01-05 08:13

    Now can you just imagine if this was done by a group of white people....As police, we would like to urge our communities not to take the law into their own hands but detain the suspects until the police arrive. Heaven forbid, it would have been armageddon.

  • Snoopsy - 2012-01-05 08:20

    Good take the law into your own hands!!! The justice system whould have granted him bail anyway. And by the following day, he would have done the same. It's about time we show 0 tolerance against criminals. And the Goverment should follow lead! Stuff this Human Rights, I have a right too, not to be sexually violated, not to be robbed, not to be murdered, not to have my hard worked belongings stolen and to have my safety threatened. As soon as you ingage in any criminal activity you forfeit your right to Human Rights.

      dhuysamen1 - 2012-01-05 08:53

      Right on Snoopsy !!

      werner.smidt - 2012-01-05 09:07

      I agree that one has a right to safety, but I don't think stealing justifies taking the perpetrator's life. Take a moment and breathe. Remember what human rights actually afford you. Where the government should be held responsible, is using this sense of entitlement as a really cheap (yet effective, I'll admit) political ploy. It's just kind of backfiring. I have a question: how long do you think someone will falsely accuse someone else (due to an argument, grudge etc.) and let him/her/Caster be lynched by the community? How long before they feel the injustice of you having more than them is enough motivation for coming to your home and bring you before a community "tribunal"?

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-05 09:19

      Snoopsy, I know we're all frustrated by the uselessness of the SAPS, but did the oke really deserve to die for stealing from a shop? I'll accept that incredible frustration results in this sort of action, so will forgive the perps in that regard, but the punishment given does not fit this crime. What happened here is a sign that things are very bad in our country. One has no choice but blame the current regime for this mess, they have done very little to fix the mess they have inherited from the previous one.

      Snoopsy - 2012-01-05 09:29

      In that case then, cut off one of his hands! For the rest of his life he will then be reminded that stealing is wrong!

      Coral - 2012-01-05 09:47

      That is the best reply Ive read on this site yet!!! Well done!

      Niekie - 2012-01-05 12:48

      I agree in principal, but what if he was not guilty?? So if your own son makes a mistake and steals a pack of sweets from the cafee, he should be beaten and stoned to death? I think not!

      Mike - 2012-01-05 13:11

      Are you mad? Death for shoplifting? A bit extreme really, who decided that he was even guilty? The wheels of justice turn slowly but they must be allowed to turn. Exhorting people to take the law into their own hands is just crazy talk.

  • leijn.tissink - 2012-01-05 08:22

    This incident again reflects the community's lack of trust in our Police Services and Justice System to bring criminals to account for their actions.

  • NeoAcheron - 2012-01-05 08:23

    They should do this to rapists and murderers, not someone who steals from a shop!

      TheSlip - 2012-01-05 15:49

      Personally, I think rapist should be "correctively raped" by a fella known as "Mandingo" ;-)

  • Henning - 2012-01-05 08:30

    I guess the punishment does not fit the crime! The man deserved a fair trial!

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-05 08:30

    Lekker Limpopo! Tokolosi Province.

  • Khabir - 2012-01-05 08:36

    Where are these mobs when children are raped and murdered???? WTF!!!

      Bundubabe - 2012-01-05 09:12

      That's probably why the woman who killed her toddler is in custody and not out on bail... the community want blood. I say - send her back to the community!

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-01-05 08:43

    These are the same people voting against the death penalty. Stupid F@&king fools!!!

      Bundubabe - 2012-01-05 09:10

      And you know this, how?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-05 09:37

      Who voted against a death penalty shooter? Are you not shooting from your hip sir?

      Carlo Hayes - 2012-01-05 09:48

      Bunducrab just call it the white man's intuition!

  • dhuysamen1 - 2012-01-05 08:52

    Please Mr Policeman, tell me who is going to take care of the suspect, house him, feed him and look after him while waiting for the police to arrive after a week or two, or sometimes never. I personally have been waiting for almost two years for the police to arrive after I had arrested a burglar. Needless to say I had to let him go after an hour or two as we were both getting bored with waiting for the local constabulary to arrive. The police station is 1,3 km distant.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-05 09:22

      I think many of have have similar experiences to share. Nobody I know has any respect for our local SAPS, and that inludes black people.

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-05 09:36

      @ Dhuysamen,i couldnt have said it better myself,what exactly is the community supposed to do with this perp while waiting (If they are lucky) 2 to 3 days for the cops to arrive,get to know him better? Find out what his hobbies are aside from robbing? What?

  • Bundubabe - 2012-01-05 08:59

    African justice has always worked well - it's only when white man forced their soft judicial system into Africa that things went awry! The vigilante system works incredibly well in Lesotho and crime there is incredibly low in comparison - cut a thief's hand off - in the case of rape ... well, we all know what needs to be cut off!

      Alfred Neumann - 2012-01-05 09:20

      Please accept my humblest apologies from white folks everywhere for destroying the world beating judicial system you guys had in place before we arrived in Africa. Those witches need to be burned and hungry kids stealing food will surely learn their lesson if we beat them to death. Who needs courts anyways? Only problem with your idea is that we'd have an entire nation of handless, dickless criminals demanding compensation because they are unable to 'wek' and 'rep'.

      Snoopsy - 2012-01-05 09:35

      Alfred, you made my day. love your last line.

      Alva - 2012-01-05 10:36

      Alfred, you deserve a 'Bells' for your comment.

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-01-06 07:35

      @alfred:rofl and @bundu good point but would be nice if mob justice benefits community but in many cases it also leads to hopped up adrenaline junkies looting shops and/or mopping the floor with the wrong guy

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  • Julie - 2012-01-05 09:14

    Savages, barbarians!! No place in heaven for these people........

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-01-06 07:30

      And thanks for showing that side of religion that makes it so hard for people to take us seriously and respect our faith. It's wonderful that Christians ignore biblical doctrine when it comes to condemnation. I agree it was a savage thing to do but it's not up to us to decide who goes to heaven and who does not.

  • Coral - 2012-01-05 09:32

    Well then the police need to do their job a little better so that people dont feel the need to take justice into their own hands!!!!

  • Silvana - 2012-01-05 10:34

    This is a reflection of the people's frustration at the high crime level and the lack of prompt action by the police. How many times have the police been called and there has been no response. It's high time that the public sector starts taking people's grievances seriously.

  • shalner.adonis - 2012-05-27 13:52

    I can't help but think this would work on drug dealers in poorer communities.

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