Probe continues into Roodepoort mob death

2012-09-17 11:32

Johannesburg - Gauteng police are still investigating the death of a man, who was assaulted by a mob, after a hit-and-run in which three children died in Roodepoort, police said on Monday.

"No arrests have been made and we are still following up on all the information received," Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said. "Investigations continue."

On Sunday, a man in his 30’s, was assaulted by community members after two boys and a girl died when his car hit them, Johannesburg emergency services said.

Spokesperson Synock Matobako said two of the children were aged 6 and the other was 7-years-old.

A 5-year-old child and a woman were taken to hospital.

Two men, who were with the man who was killed by the mob, ran away.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-09-17 11:37

    Well looking at how long the Jub Jub case is taking and the doubts as to whether those responsible will ever be brought to book, it is no wonder the communities are meting out their own form of justice. There is a lot more of this type justice to come.

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-17 12:03

      Well done mob! at least you directed your anger in a positive manner.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-17 12:11

      All sounds clever until the Mob turns on you.

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-17 12:36

      @gordon, I said positive manner, turning on me would be negative...

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-17 12:42

      he mowed down 5 humans with his car. Thinking, if you do that, he must have been going at some speed and maybe lost control and ploughed into them, just like juju. 3 young kids with their whole life ahead of them...dead! Knowing how the law sides for the criminals, this is not too bad.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-17 15:31

      So we condone public murder when it suits us? Surely if the justice system is broken, you try and fix it - not simply sit back and justify lawlessness? We are actually applauding murder! It is sick for a bunch of people to physically beat a person until he is dead. It is sick that it is likely that they enjoyed doing it. It is sick that they did not display an ounce of humanity as the brutality went on. And it is sick that we sit here and say 'more of the same please'. We are becoming one sick country.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-17 11:42

    Two wrongs don't make a right.

      Willie - 2012-09-17 12:08

      SPOT ON.We need to chose as the community whether we follow the law of the jungle or we need to be civilised and isolate barbarians

      lynette.venter.12 - 2012-09-17 12:49

      IF the murderers were ever caught, which I doubt, they would have been released on bail and disappeared anyway, or be brought to trial by 2015... I think in this case two wrongs DO make a right, justice has been served!

  • dimitripappas - 2012-09-17 11:52

    Might be a bit tough to do much in Roodepoort right now. Another fool cut all our lights out trying to steal copper from a substation. You'd think they'd know better than to try chop through a live 50kV line?

      lorrainesuh - 2012-09-17 12:31

      Fragtion, u're right, we also in the dark here cos of this stupid criminal, how can one try to steal copper from a substation. But i understand he got fried up like chicken, well he deserved it.

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-09-17 13:57

      hahaha sadly according to the politically correct brigade, copper thieves also dont deserve to die for their actions

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-09-17 11:53

    Well not saying it's right what the community members did (because they themselves become murderers) however this dude killed three children, ran away, at most he would have gotten like 30 years for the deaths... where is the justice? An eye for an eye, no doubt. Bring back the death penalty!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-17 12:02

      His passengers ran away, he was killed by the mob. The people got theire justice, but this as not much different than the miners killings, anarchy.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-17 12:18

    If it was a hit and run. Then this guy obviously was doing something wrong. Mabey he was drunk or speeding or mabey it was a pure accident. But trying to get away from a accident you caused. Just says one thing,,,guilty. Yes brutal. But so was the way these poor childrens lives were taken.

  • nganguem.victor1 - 2012-09-17 12:23

    j'aime ça

  • IcemanGP - 2012-09-17 12:26

    The heading for this story is all wrong. It should have read, \Murderer of children in hit and run, taken care of by the community\

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-17 12:44


  • zwelethu.sabasaba - 2012-09-17 12:39

    My lady friend saw the whole scene and she is still traumatized. This sort of violence make life seem dark

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-09-17 14:00

      again what traumatised this person, the wantant disregard for the saftey of the comunity by racing around the streets killing innocent people or the mob justice, if the latter then that person needs to re assess !

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-17 14:20

      Kelvyn - have you ever seen someone die. Easy to talk from behind the keyboard boet. If you have watched someone die, and can still claim to be untouched, then you were touched much, much more than you know.

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-09-17 12:50

    This is happening more & more & I think its going to get much worse. I know its wrong but I cant blame people for taking the law into their own hands. The police cant be bothered. The government doesnt care. ITS A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE FOR THE ANC - WAKE UP ZUMA AND ALL YOUR CRONIES. YOUR GRAVY TRAIN IS GOING TO HIT A WALL - VERY SOON I HOPE.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-17 14:21

    Ínteresting that people criticise the Marikana miners but condone mob violence when an 'alleged' criminal is brutally murdered. The precedent has been set. People will take the law into their own hands because they perceive it to be effective. Murder is murder, whether we like the victim or not. We are drawing some very hazy lines around acceptable crime and unacceptable crime. That is the beginning of anarchy and is dangerous.

  • malette.snyman - 2012-09-17 14:36

    Have any of you thought about that the kids shouldn't have been crossing a highway? Where were their parents? I constantly have to try and miss people running across the N1. The poor guy could have hit them (by NO fault of his own), gotten out of his car to see if he could help them, only to be murdered by a mob.

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