Mob stones robber to death

2012-05-07 19:03

Johannesburg - A man was stoned to death after being accused of stealing a cellphone in Polokwane, Limpopo police said on Monday.

The man stole a woman's cellphone at about 19:00 on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said.

"The community rushed to help the screaming woman. The man was caught and beaten with stones."

Police found the man's body on Monday on the corner of Rissik and Dahl streets.

"He was still covered with stones and various other things the mob used to beat him."

No arrests had been made and a case of murder was being investigated. Police were also searching for the woman whose cellphone was taken.

Second fatal attack

Sunday's mob attack was the second fatal one in Limpopo in the past week.

Another man died on Friday after a student mob attack at the University of Limpopo.

Police spokesperson Constable Moses Molepo said about 100 students assaulted a group of eight men accused of robbing a student of a cellphone on the Mankweng campus on Thursday.

The eight men were attacked with sticks, stones, and other weapons.

"Three of the men managed to escape while the five others were badly injured. One of the men died in hospital on Friday."

The students also stoned the ambulance called to take the injured men to hospital, but did not hurt the paramedics. They broke a campus office window.

Visitors, not robbers

Molepo said on Monday the students would be charged with murder and assault following the attack as investigations revealed the group of men were merely visitors and not robbers.

"The men visited the campus during Thursday and not in the early hours of Wednesday, when the student was robbed."

Molepo said there was no evidence linking the men to the robbery.

"The student who was robbed was not able to identify any of the accused men."

Police were trying to establish the identity of students involved, Molepo said.

  • Stefaans - 2012-05-07 19:19

    NO comment....

      Rob - 2012-05-07 20:09

      I will....Seems like mob justice rules in Dimpopo. These people sound like really upright citizens who dont care much for people who steal.

      Michael - 2012-05-08 07:11

      no comment? but you just did...

      Vernon - 2012-05-08 11:57

      dont steal!!!

  • Grace - 2012-05-07 19:19

    Good! The government won't do anything so the people will!!!

      Kala - 2012-05-08 08:40

      And I'm sure there is still lots more of this to come.

  • Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-07 19:23


  • thebe.tau - 2012-05-07 19:25

    I have no sympathy for criminals, but my worry goes to the children in this community who watch and see people stoning and killin screaming 'justice', and they grow up thinking that's how you solve a problem, they end up being criminals themselves and get stoned, the cycle continues.

      Simon - 2012-05-07 19:50

      Very good point Thebe.

      henk63 - 2012-05-07 20:53

      As long as they stay on the retribution side there should be no problem. As long as they know the same will happen to them if they commit crime, no problem. Our judicial system awards them no redress, so go for it!!

      Corne - 2012-05-08 05:46

      So these children must sit back accept that your belongings can get stolen with impunity?

      Michael - 2012-05-08 07:15

      the cycle stops when people stop committing crimes. no theft, no mob justice. go the CAUSE and solve that, and you will reap the rewards of there being no EFFECT.

      Kala - 2012-05-08 08:42

      If there are no criminals then the children won't have to witness mob justice.

  • Earl O Tool - 2012-05-07 19:27

    you don't take someone's life for stealing a cell phone. mob justice got out of hand in this case

      Sean - 2012-05-07 19:46

      But they take your life for less than a cell phone ?? !!

      Grace - 2012-05-07 22:02

      It'll make the next thief think twice before stealing! We tired of being robbed!!! Nervous Earl O TOOL?

  • christo.stone - 2012-05-07 19:29

    Well...people are getting fed up with the crime...even smaller crimes are getting people worked up. Do something about the high crime rate and people won't have to take matters into their own hands.

  • Phepishi - 2012-05-07 19:49

    No comment as details are not clear! what if they killed the wrong one like in Turfloop

  • lindiwe.mthiyane1 - 2012-05-07 19:51

    Loosing life just for a cellphone eish

      Michael - 2012-05-08 07:17

      isn't it sad? let's imagine where that thief would be today if he hadn't committed a crime...

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-07 19:53

    the failure of our legal system playing out before your eyes...give a thought to the fact that this guy would definitely have been on Zuma's discount /get out oj jail free list...

  • Donovan - 2012-05-07 20:01

    What I don't understand about mob justice in South Africa is that they are very willing to kill people who steal things but not so much rapists or murderers. And the worst of all is that most people who rob, do it out of desperation while rapists are purely monsters.

      henk63 - 2012-05-07 21:00

      I think there are dynamics at play we don't understand. Rapists, robbers and murderers have a high social standing in these backward communities. They are regarded as heroes, especially if they offer the odd hand-out to members of the community. However, stealing from your fellow "sufferers" is a no-no and is punishable by death. Seriously skewed logics if you ask me.

      Tumelo - 2012-05-07 21:01

      Seems you haven't been reading the news a lot! Every week an alledged rapist or murderer is killed by a mob. From the perspective of a victim of a mugging or robbery desperation is just not good enough reason for the act! These are generally poor people who struggle and sweat to get the things they need!

  • sazi.radebe - 2012-05-07 20:20

    Its so weird how police are able to open a case so quickly and able to pin point persons from a huge crowd when a criminal is killed but let a criminal kill an innocent person. The docket gets lost and the usual lack of evidence.

      George - 2012-05-07 20:35

      Yes, so it won't be a problem in this case. People are fed up with the keystone cops and mafia politicians.

  • George - 2012-05-07 20:32

    The privatization of the death penalty. The final recourse of a fed up disillusioned nation ruled by a corrupt elite soft on crime.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-07 20:49

    I find it ironic that government ministers get caught red handed using & abusing their privileged status by stealing millions of rands in tax payers money & yet no mob justice? why is that?

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-07 20:54

    From hoow the alledged victims were beaten, the victim cannot be expected to recognise them or identify them. If only the police services inspired confidence.

  • Nick - 2012-05-07 20:56

    This in a place of learning with above average individuals. Shocking and horrifying that this type of society exists. I seriously despair for the future of SA. Our youth have no control but I guess with the likes of those running the ANCYL we should expect no less. Saddened and mad.

  • Thabo - 2012-05-07 20:57

    This is a v-gud lesson. Its sad they were not burnt, better luck next time.

  • Bunny Banzo Mametja - 2012-05-07 21:09

    Wt da studnt did s da good thing, if da police fails to do their work we will do it in our own way!!. Our government system s worsly corrupt nd fu*#ed up they even protect criminals more than innocent people.

  • Bunny Banzo Mametja - 2012-05-07 21:09

    Wt da studnt did s da good thing, if da police fails to do their work we will do it in our own way!!. Our government system s worsly corrupt nd fu*#ed up they even protect criminals more than innocent people.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-07 21:13

    And they can't stone juju to death for stealing millions.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-07 21:38

    This cannot be true. The great Mathale is in total control of the province.

  • manqoba.ian - 2012-05-07 21:59

    Many communities are being seriously in womans, what if the thief try to steel a man's cellphone will the community be serious as if they are in the woman. Talking from experience apartheid is not over, more especially on men,s

      Jacqueline - 2012-05-07 23:44

      I have no idea what you are trying to say. Sorry but it makes no sense at all.

  • Rowan - 2012-05-07 23:01

    AND WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU IN A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY, THEN WHAT? Don't be primitive, there is no room for this behaviour - its as bad as any other crime!

  • Sueki Gotha-Billy Fitzgerald - 2012-05-08 01:59

    for those who talk about apartheid, it will never be over, this land is screwed up into pieces, if we dont get a decent leader soon, and i dont care his race he could be pink for all i care we just need a damn good leader to take over and prevent this from happening. people are getting sick of all the crime and nothing is being done! they will start acting and defending themselves more and more.

  • lucky.tshilimandila - 2012-05-08 06:34

    Tiene you are expressing your comment while sitting comfortably in some part of SA, now let me tell you the reality with Turfloop campus, I,m a student there in 2011, more than 50 students were raped and half of them were gang raped one was a virgin who was gang raped by four man. My classmate was made to watch as thugs raped her sister at gunpoint before fleeing with their 2 laptops. My friend dropped out of school because whe was gang raped. Early this year a group of thugs went on a raping spree, and in the process they raped 7 girls in one night, this year alone we stand @ 20 cases of rape. A student was killed 3 weeks ago for absolutely nothing. How many of us should either get killed, robbed or raped before there can be a serious action taken. And for ur information students are human beings and these criminals dont ask first before they attack as to wether u are an academic or not so shut the F**k up, u dont have a clue of what is happening in Turfloop

      fikizolo.mathe - 2012-05-08 10:24

      I totaly agreE with you Lucky. These people do n0t kn0w how frustrating it is to walk ar0und with a heavy heart of fear..i believe that this was a LesSoN to th0se who THINK they cAn take advantage of us Students of UL..every0ne has a Breaking point,even us students so they must n0t blame us for this because they have n0t experienced what we have experienced.

  • Michael - 2012-05-08 07:14

    this was on the radio yesterday - right or wrong? The last comment was "food for thought" - do we want a cellphone thief running around, or an angry mob of murderers? The problem with this comment, is that it doesn't compare apples with apples. there is a action/cause (theft) and a result/effect. You don't get to choose one without the other. No theft, no angry mob. wanna steal? u need to know that there are consequences, legal or illegal. everyone's up in arms about these murdering mobs. Don't steal, and there won't be mobs. it's an easy concept to grasp (you'd think)

  • Dennis De Jager - 2013-08-08 12:40

    No sympathy for criminals.

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