Man snatched from police, set alight

2012-06-09 14:26

Johannesburg - A suspected criminal is in a critical condition after he was forcibly taken from police custody and burnt by community members in Diesploot, Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS) said on Saturday

Spokesman Synock Matobako said the team arrived on the scene at 07:00 on Saturday.

"He [the alleged criminal] was already under arrest, but we are not sure why. We received information that the community had overpowered the police and took him out and burn him."

"We were not able to get in because there were a lot of community members.

"We normally tell our [paramedics] that if an area is not safe, they should wait for a police escort."

The paramedics had five police vehicles with them, but Matobako said the EMS felt that it was still not safe for them to advance into the area.

"So the police went in and brought the patient to us....he had first degree burns to his whole body. We weren't able to ascertain if they used petrol of if they used a tyre" said Matobako.

The man, in his 30s, was taken to the Thembisa Hospital.

  • Erna - 2012-06-09 14:35

    Even criminals aren't safe with the police!

      Sagin - 2012-06-09 15:41

      spot on Erna. no one should trust the police. there are many police men and woman who are trying to do their jobs, but they are few and far between.

      Mogalefi - 2012-06-09 15:50

      Viva lets do more of this,and the message will sink in the criminal minds.We voted for the freedom of all citizens not of the criminals.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-09 16:40

      Skelmpie you are retarded. This is barbaric and cannot be condoned. When was this man found guilty? What was the crime? Be careful of what you hope for.. it could happen to you.

      Shane - 2012-06-09 20:35

      EMS facts incorrect. The suspect was never burnt. He was also not taken out of a van by the public. The facts were rectified with news24 and SAPA. Contact SAPS Provincial spokesperson Col Ndou 0791361023

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-10 06:24

      @Balstrome, if mob justice is the only method of real justice available to the majority of the public, I am all for it. What SKELMPIE said is very true, we didn't vote for criminals to be protected at the cost of the victims.

  • Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-06-09 14:50

    nice -:)

      Johan - 2012-06-09 19:53

      Really? nice? It's actually horrific!

      Henk - 2012-06-10 14:40

      Not nice! Brilliant!

  • clivegoss - 2012-06-09 15:00


  • Mesulie Vince' Ntombela - 2012-06-09 15:03

    White people, as you can see, its not only you guys that are sick and tired of crime...and it does not affect only you guys, it affects us all. Now stop your racist attitude of thinking that crime is a black on white thing owk.

      Mo Iqraam - 2012-06-09 15:11

      exvuse me bt wen ya open a newspaper wot do u see?? rape.. blacks involvd ther. open second page u see theft. blacks involvd ther as well. as u can see here on news24 blacks involved in everything that causes harm. soo u tell me. is this an issue about racism???

      Mesulie Vince' Ntombela - 2012-06-09 15:26

      @Mo i think u do not get my point, i am not defending black people here and their vile actions...all i am trying to say is that most white people think crime is a black on white thing and its not, crime affects us all.

      Willem - 2012-06-09 15:46

      True, it affects us all - but you cannot deny the fact that the percentage of black perpetrators is far in excess of their demographic representation. But I agree with you that the decent blacks are even more sick and tired of the criminal element than even the whites. Now, as the blacks have the voting power - why do they not put some real pressure on the government to do something about the crims so that the community does not have to act unlawfully?

      Ditoa-re - 2012-06-09 17:45

      Mo we know that you know english but you must learn to read before you comment

      BulletProof - 2012-06-09 20:35

      Yes crime is not only a black on white thing is also a black on black thing.Curiously I don't see much crime on white to black thing.Can somebody explain to me why? Is this anything to do with racism?

      Brandon - 2012-06-10 09:06

      @Mo. Read Mesulie's post again. He is right. Crime is just as rife in the townships as it is in the suburbs and smallholdings. However, what you are saying will always be true. 80% of the population is black, so it can be understood that 80% of crimes will be committed by a person that is black. But, let us not point fingers because of colour...

      Honker - 2012-06-10 11:37

      Mesulie, I think what you should be saying is "black crime affects us all." Black on white, black on black. Those are 99% of cases. Race is real.

  • jmalatji2 - 2012-06-09 15:09

    Point of correction the suspect wasn't snatched from the cops and was not even arrested bcos no body came forward to lay a complain and community members didn't want the cops to rescue him so they ran away with him in the passeges and more cops were then deployed and the suspect was taken

      Ditoa-re - 2012-06-09 17:37

      Your story make more sense than the one of news24. Lol u such a good lier

      Shane - 2012-06-09 20:38

      EMS facts incorrect. The suspect was never burnt. He was also not taken out of a van by the public. The facts were rectified with news24 and SAPA. Contact SAPS Provincial spokesperson Col Ndou 0791361023

  • Keratilwe - 2012-06-09 15:12

    This says it all, useless ppliceman, criminals took over. Bribery is the order of the day. It sucks to always read about this wicked system.

      Shane - 2012-06-09 20:37

      EMS facts incorrect. The suspect was never burnt. He was also not taken out of a van by the public. The facts were rectified with news24 and SAPA. Contact SAPS Provincial spokesperson Col Ndou 0791361023

  • Mo Iqraam - 2012-06-09 15:17

    don not use racism as a license to shield the recognition of your races stupidity and corrupted leadership of the country.

      amina.khan.146 - 2012-06-09 18:30

      Mo - u are a racist troll - I doubt if you r posting under your real name.

  • Travis - 2012-06-09 15:17

    The act shocking, the story not so much. Police are so ineffective in dealing with crime, and justice is so rarely served in SA, that mob justice is bound to happen....that is all.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 15:22

    Good one Erna

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 15:24

    Leka now go do the same to the governent.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 15:58

    Dont worry this person has been reported when she may no longer use this site she musnt cry.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 16:00

    Well said Mesulie.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 16:01

    Report that person Sagin.

      Sagin - 2012-06-09 16:53

      I have Mike, but what i would really like is to get through to them. She is just a poor brainwashed fool with a huge chip on her shoulders about being black. even my black freinds complain about people like her.

  • Zion - 2012-06-09 16:07

    Even the lowest CV will vomit at this total lack of competence. Think of the sum of money the family and others will claim from the state. These cops must join Cele on the bench.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-10 14:22

      Think of the money?! Are you that superficial Zion, really?

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-09 16:21

    Don't be so harsh on the cops. There ARE good cops out there who risk their lives every day for a poor salary, they catch the bad guys only to be let down by our justice system. The problems is our justice system! Then naturally 'presidential pardons'. WTF?

  • Jan - 2012-06-09 16:21

    Scary... burning the future like that... well, a burning today, getting ready for a strike tomorrow and a nice family demonstration on Tuesday. Monday is scheduled for picking the stones... mainly pointy ones and lesser of the flat ones.

  • carlo.vos.7 - 2012-06-09 16:21

    Not surprising at all!

  • Shane Kelly - 2012-06-09 16:26

    that only happens in south africa

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-10 14:24

      Im pretty sure it happens in other places too. Otherwise, why are you still here?

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-09 16:28

    If a mob of people attack, then one or two police can't possibly win. To be fair the police risked their own lives entering situations like this. Not something I would want to do.

      Johan - 2012-06-09 20:05

      I get that but don't they have side arms and can't they fire off a warning shot into the ground? Everybody would then scatter, well, i would...

      Shane - 2012-06-09 20:44

      EMS facts incorrect. The suspect was never burnt. He was also not taken out of a van by the public. The facts were rectified with news24 and SAPA. Contact SAPS Provincial spokesperson Col Ndou 0791361023

  • Shane Kelly - 2012-06-09 16:34

    there or good and bad cops talking money they don't like what they paid get another job just like every one else. they signed an oath to serve and protect, if that's in there heart they will do it to the best of there ability.

  • Rofhiwa Nelukalo Nesta - 2012-06-09 16:37

    i like mob justice useless police

  • Andile - 2012-06-09 17:30

    F@!@$NG hypocrites!!!! If this dude was left alive he was going to rob somewhere else because he was going to be out on monday after getting free bail because he doesn't work. Now that the people have tried to remove this bastard from the community, you people are coming with comments like you shouldn't take the law to your own hands. What is it that you really want????

      BulletProof - 2012-06-09 20:16

      I explain, civilized people do not use crime to punish, they use the law to punish, therefore by thinking this way you also think like a criminal.Is that clear enough?

      Ntshobs - 2012-06-09 20:19

      @Andile, get this straight to your THICK HEAD, this is not law into their own hands, it is crime at its worst form, these are organised criminals killing other suspected criminals period.

  • Cuteandbronzed - 2012-06-09 19:18

    This is getting ridiculous; this has become quite a country hasn’t it? First it was rapping babies to cure H.I.V makes me wonder why they didn’t use condoms when they are big billboards say take precautions, you don’t need a matric to read a billboard. People in this country are failing to understand that they are not entitled to other people’s lives. South Africans are oblivious to the fact that the change must come from them. The man was in police custody and they take him out of police custody to burn him? Seriously? You know I’m tired of a majority of black South Africans, thinking that everything they do is in there right 1: Rapes of babies to cure there H.I.V, why don’t they use a condom, I mean now children that they don’t support have to bear the brunt of the fact that they got sick and there scared. 2: Killing of babies for muthi, I have never seen, anyone walk on water but rather a white Jesus that wants me to pray, than a Sangoma that gives me baby flesh pieces. 3: Corrective rapes to stop lesbianism, who cares if people are lesbian or not. Why have they made it their business 4: Men thinking that every woman minding her business is there business, I sometimes wonder, why don’t they think that I may have woken up next to a man, why do they feel entitled, Headphones have become vice for me in this country against the constant ‘’Hello Baby, wow beautiful’’ like what the heck Im tired of this Banana Republic

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-06-09 19:37

    abahlali badikiwe lulaphulo mthetho well done guyz

      Sagin - 2012-06-10 14:00

      this is a english forum. there are alternatives for you to use if you are not capable of using english. but i think your aim is to antagonise.

  • Ntshobs - 2012-06-09 19:57

    Diesploot community is worse than the devil himself accompanied by his evil spirits, they are always thirsty for human blood just like those in Uitenhage(PLZ). If we all believe that crime is bad, then why do we in turn commit the worst forms of crime ever( let's be different from those we critisize), burning a human being alive,you stand there watching flames eating up his flash, you lol when he screems in pain. Some people support this act, but not even one person who's ever came fwd & confess to have participated in the killing of a family member who was accused of commiting crimes, people enjoy killing strangers in the form of a mob and SAPS are useless NXA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Shane - 2012-06-09 20:45

      EMS facts incorrect. The suspect was never burnt. He was also not taken out of a van by the public. The facts were rectified with news24 and SAPA. Contact SAPS Provincial spokesperson Col Ndou 0791361023

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-09 20:06

    Who are the criminals here? Barbaric.Lawless country.

  • Shane - 2012-06-09 20:35

    EMS facts incorrect. The suspect was never burnt. He was also not taken out of a van by the public. The facts were rectified with news24 and SAPA. Contact SAPS Provincial spokesperson Col Ndou 0791361023

      nomsa.sibeko.92 - 2012-06-10 08:34

      Just wondering whose feeding them with this incorrect information,cos this is an absolute lie then man was ofcouse not taken from the custody and was not burnt either,,,

  • Shane - 2012-06-09 20:36

    EMS facts incorrect. The suspect was never burnt. He was also not taken out of a van by the public. The facts were rectified with news24 and SAPA. Contact SAPS Provincial spokesperson Col Ndou 0791361023

  • mondli.botha - 2012-06-10 05:32

    Africans always lyk to hurt themselves at worse kill each instead of burning n chasing away this satanistic demons who pretend to be superior human being. This anger is misdirected it should coached so dat it targets da real devils who make Africa bleed! By the way I truly hope human being neva occured reported by Shane!

  • Andre - 2012-06-10 10:35

    I'm not too concerned for the criminal, but the worrying thing is that the police have no power left, and cannot protect law abiding citizens from mob attacks. The mobs, are also criminals. I'm sure the police did not arrest one of them!

  • Brad - 2012-06-10 11:57

    Savagery prevails! Not human yet!

  • rrcatto - 2012-06-10 12:50

    Why didn't the police open fire on the criminals who grabbed the man to burn him? That's why they have guns!

  • lulama.dana - 2012-06-10 14:07

    Im a bit on both sides, as much as mob justice is wrong, people are fed up with justice not being served. I'm not saying that we're the ones to serve it but everyone has a limit. I like the fact that communities stand together and fight this. I've read way too many stories about how the criminals were arrested and then released, only to terrorise the community even more.I, like most of you, have been a victim of crime and am not willing to go through to again because the perpetrator was released by incompetent cops. Some people move away from crime ridden areas, those who don't have that luxury do something about it. I wake up and go to work to make a decent living for some pea-brain to take it all away because he has no other choice or whatever??? I dont think so!

  • elaine.staden - 2012-06-10 14:52

    I heard the report on Cape Talk 567 yesterday and even now reading it wonder why the persons who did this have not been arrested? What makes it justifiably human that it's ok to burn someone to death? This just makes one wonder if we are going back to the dark ages...why are pictures of this kind of justice sent around the world as are fake pictures of hands being cut off in Muslim countries for theft? I have family and friends in the police service who are there on the side of justice and they are all saddened by this.

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