Man held for beating driver to death

2012-08-02 09:28

Johannesburg - A man handed himself to police on Wednesday after a motorist was beaten to death in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said.

The arrested man, aged 26, was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday, Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said.

The man allegedly stoned and beat the driver of a light delivery truck to death when he knocked down a woman and her grandchild on Sunday, the Daily Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The truck struck Zukiswa Alarm, 42, and her 4-year-old granddaughter from behind as they were walking in Sapphire Street.

The driver tried to flee the scene. Two local residents however dragged him out of his vehicle, hit him with stones, beat and kicked him.

"They kicked him like he was a soccer ball and jumped on him as if he was a jumping castle," an unnamed resident was quoted as saying.

Police arrived as the man was allegedly about to set the driver alight. The van's front windscreen was shattered and the vehicle was stripped.

Relatives told the Daily Sun the woman suffered serious injuries to her head and back, and the girl to her hand.

Mavimbela said the 51-year-old driver was taken to Thembisa Hospital where he later died.

The arrested man would face charges of murder and malicious damage to property. Police were still searching for his alleged accomplice.

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-08-02 09:49


      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-02 10:00

      Well if you want to hit and run you better be prepared, these people are gatvol of poor police service and no justice.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-08-02 10:37

      Jackal, I agree. But, just because this is done because we have a completely inept police department, does not make it right, which ever way you look at it.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-02 10:41

      I did not condone anything I was merely stating the most likely thing to happen. The first point of error as it stands was the driver trying to flee, the second was that likely triumphed over unlikely.

      enoch.zantsi - 2012-08-02 11:44

      About 6 weeks back, I and two other guys in Harare, Khayelitsha, prevented just this sort of thing from happening. The facts were almost identical, 2 kids knocked down with minor injuries, fast vehicle, drunk driver who tried to run and was stopped by a mob. The driver made a good case though, for running, when he was asked by elderly men why he wanted to escape. He stated that the chances were he'd be beaten to death, a chance he wasn't willing to take. The mob then proved him right. I've heard of numerous people getting beaten to death after a car accident in the townships, particularly the informal settlements. It's something that has to be stopped, as now we're in a situation where one risks getting killed if they stay, but only multiply this risk by trying to flee in fear of one's life. Understand these facts before judging the deceased man. It's easy even for a meticulous to make a mistake on the road.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-08-02 09:57


      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-02 10:10

      Muffin, of course you are correct, but this sort of thing is going to happen because at the moment we have to put up with this pathetic government and it's failure to maintain a half decent police force.

      azande.futhi - 2012-08-02 10:21

      @bob,how does this alleged hit and run has anything to do with government?

      jeanlouis.indekeu - 2012-08-02 11:52

      Azande - who is employing the police and the judicial system ?

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-02 10:01


      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-02 11:27

      Agreed though haters gonna hate!

      enoch.zantsi - 2012-08-02 11:45

      And why are you still here again?

  • celeste.vdw - 2012-08-02 10:07

    Barbaric? I say justice, the guy hit a granny and a 4 year old and tried to run. Hit and run and you become a punching bag its karma.

      pearson.botha - 2012-08-02 10:26

      The golden rule is to always drive slowly through the ghettos. These areas are always full of hordes of unsupervised children. If you should happen to be silly enough to drive over a child in one of these areas you will have to "hit and run" too. If you stop at the scene of the accident (as you should) you will be dead meat.

      enoch.zantsi - 2012-08-02 11:50

      What 'ghettos' are you referring to? You just don't tire of rubbing salt to the Apartheid wounds of black South Africans...that of staying in segregated areas characterized by poverty. Anyway, I partially agree it's a catch 22 situation. The CPFs should make this into a priority and educate the public in the townships, that assaulting those involved in accidents only fuels hit and run occurrences.

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-08-02 10:07

    How did the police arive on the scene, while the beating took place, but only arrested 1 person?

      azande.futhi - 2012-08-02 10:22

      he handed himself in to the police station, read again and slowly this time. thanks

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-08-02 10:41

      It's even worse? They arrived and arrested no one? I wish people wouldn't condone this sort of uncontrolled savagery, regardless of the provocation. I think I would also run if I had an accident in an area where you are likely to get beaten to death if you stick around (or even if you don't) I wonder how he came to knock down the pedestrians. Was he careless? Did they step out in front of him unexpectedly?

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-08-02 10:43

      Oh, and the mob "stripped the vehicle"??? Amazing how "justified" fury always results in a bit of profitable looting along with the violence hey?!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-02 10:39

    You can be the most kind and caring person, but if you let emotions get the best of you, you can become something else.

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-08-02 10:46

    Oh well, this is mob justice at its best! Damn the police for getting the wrong man here ... this all could have been avoided with better road traffic policing !! I certainly hope the granny and granddaughter were not walking in the road at the time though!

  • ian.mcgreggor.1 - 2012-08-02 11:23


  • jacqueskleinloog - 2012-08-02 11:52

    Think about this, would you stop in that exact location if you by accident (not saying the incident was) ran over a pedestrian....? Your fault or not, the public will look at the innocent and most probably attack you as driver! You will draw a crowd with who you will not be able to reason and that will be the end... just maybe the driver realized this as it happened.

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