Plett protest over mob killing arrests

2011-11-30 10:06

Plettenberg Bay - About 300 people protested outside the Plettenberg Bay police station on Wednesday morning and demanded the release of two men accused of killing an alleged child murderer, Western Cape police said.

The crowd gathered outside the station around 04:00 before moving to the nearby Cuba Street, Captain Malcolm Pojie said.

"Police had to use stun grenades to disperse the protesters after they started burning tyres on the street. The situation is now under control and police are still patrolling," he said.

The men were arrested at their homes in Kwanokuthula on Tuesday night following the mob killing of Derrick Schwati, 37.

Pojie said about 2 000 people interrogated him on Monday afternoon about a missing 7-year-old girl, Siphokazi Nini. He then led them to a deserted area.

"He allegedly pointed out Nini's body, who was reported missing on Sunday evening. The mob attacked Schwati, pelting him with stones and other objects until he died," Pojie said.

Nini went missing on Sunday morning.

"When her grandparents woke up at 06:00, they discovered the girl was gone."

Pojie said the two men had not been charged yet, but would appear in court soon.

  • Maai - 2011-11-30 10:13

    They should get medals for community service.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-30 10:46

      I agree, a medal and bottle of Bells for the job well done. I am sick and tired of people killing kids.

      rbphiri - 2011-11-30 10:57

      I don't condone any form of vigilantism in south africa, but who can community members turn to if police officials are not doing their job. The man led the community to the body; so he got what he deserved. Even If the police intervened by arresting the man, we all know the case would be prolonged for quite sometime and it wouldn't be suprising if our incompetent judicial system gave the man bail. The case would inevitably end up with the man getting 15 years or more and coming out in 10 years time for so called good behaviour, saying that the man is rehabilitated and safe to roam amongst society; only to find out weeks later that he commits the same heinous crime.

      Kala - 2011-11-30 17:04

      And let's face it, there ain't nothing like the threat of mob justice to get people to think twice before committing a crime.

  • Joseph - 2011-11-30 10:17

    what meanest art thou maai ?

      BadMuse - 2011-11-30 10:55

      Did you wipe your a$$ with pages from Shakespeare?!?!

      rbphiri - 2011-11-30 11:46

      Tis Joseph thou possess stupidity that is stronger than thy fart.

      Shadoz66 - 2011-11-30 16:14

      wahahahahaha@RPhiri classic

  • Chimene - 2011-11-30 10:17

    Release and give them a medal of honor

  • Michael - 2011-11-30 10:18

    If 2000 people killed the child-murderer, why are they not arresting all 2000? They all took part in the killing and they should all offer themselves for arrest. They must stick together in solidarity with the two guys in jail. The dead man will have gotten away with murder he got what he deserves. People are crazy, why did he kill the girl? He's young,37?

  • Larry - 2011-11-30 10:19

    If the Police had been doing their job properly, this would not have happened.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-30 10:50

      How will the police do their job properly if you only need a matric certificate to become a one.

      rbphiri - 2011-11-30 11:48

      A matric certificate and corruption tendencies. Not forgetting trigger happy suicidal tendencies.

  • Dannielle - 2011-11-30 10:20

    Kangaroo court....

      rbphiri - 2011-11-30 10:49

      At it's best- we need 2000 Bells for that community

      Heibrin - 2011-11-30 13:19

      RPhiri: And what if the guy they stoned was innocent? "He ALLEGEDLY pointed out the child's body".... don't you think if he had actually pointed out the body, they would have said so? Or if the Police had found the body, they would have said so? If 2000 people suddenly started screaming at you, demanding answers for something, wouldn't you give them anything, just to appease them? What if someone else in that crowd, one of those currently standing trial, had killed her, and had just accused Schwati to lead the crowd away from himself??

      Heibrin - 2011-11-30 16:00

      @Mark: I hear what you're saying, however someone else here posted the question: what if Schwati had seen the body, told a community member, and then got accused? It all hangs on the allegedly part. My problem with mob-justice is that, even if you see it as justified in cases like these, once it takes hold, what is to stop a mob from attacking a farmer on the accusation to a non-existent crime by of one of their own? My mom had a very good question each time I applauded something like this: "Do you stoop to their level, or pull them up to yours?". If we want them to behave like civilized people, it has to be done across the board, and not just when it suits us.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-11-30 10:30

    I'm in 2 minds about this. My first thought was that the *expletive* got what if deserved. My second was what if it wasn't him and he just found the body and the community got the wrong end of the stick (i'm not saying that's what happened but it is a possibility)?

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  • Deon - 2011-11-30 10:32

    This is not the dark ages anymore we don't need this in SA. They should have handed him over to the police. No one has the right to kill unless in self defence.

      Wimpie - 2011-11-30 10:38

      Deon...SA is in the dark ages !!! ARE you BLIND !!!

      Mike - 2011-11-30 12:50

      Kudos Deon...a sane voice

      Martin - 2011-11-30 13:23


      Maai - 2011-11-30 13:30

      Ye and he would be out on R500 bail. Looking for the next victim.

  • Jane-francis - 2011-11-30 11:36

    Release them and train as police officers!

  • Kay - 2011-11-30 12:24

    Good for them, job well done, he suffered just us much as those kids suffered under his hands.

      Heibrin - 2011-11-30 13:24

      Kay, where is your PROOF that he killed the girl? Even the police had to use the word 'allegedly', don't you think they would have stated that he had killed the girl if there had been any proof?? This is the problem with mob justice in SA: one person can convince the rest that someone is to blame, without any proof whatsoever, all they have to say is: 'Witchdoctor' -- I know this didn't happen in the case above, but I use it as an example of how easily mob-mentality turns ugly in SA. You have but to look at an ANCYL demonstration to confirm what I said.

  • Johan - 2011-11-30 13:40

    Hang die bliksems in pbl

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