Sand dune bodies linked to TV theft

2012-03-16 07:49

Cape Town - The theft of a plasma television may have led to the death of three men in Macassar, Cape Town, according to a report on Friday.

The Cape Times reported that the men were allegedly abducted on Wednesday afternoon and tortured for nine hours by community members who held them responsible for the theft.

Macassar police, who refused to be named, told the newspaper they found sticks that could have been used as murder weapons as well as a plastic container with a chemical fluid in it, which may have been forced down the men's throats.

The bodies of Luxulo Mpontshane, 25, Mabhuti Matinise, 20, and Sivuyile Rota, 28, were found on the Macassar sand dunes by a police patrol early on Thursday morning.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said the men were full of marks and injuries. He did not rule out a case of vigilantism.

Four people had since been arrested on murder and abduction charges.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 07:53

    SA @ work...big high 500 to the community members...:-)

      Trevor - 2012-03-16 08:29

      Well SA community, criminals know they can get away with crime, because our Government is fighting over where the next load of money is going to be stolen, instead of getting our justice system to be more effective. One of my drivers stole R150000 worth of fuel from my company over 3years, got caught September 2010 laid a charge and have not gone to court since. I got a R100 fine forgot about it, six months later almost spent the night in jail.

      Chris - 2012-03-16 08:44

      Azanian, you're just like a river....small in the head and big in the mouth! We can see you're not being sarcastic with that remark, but it's people like you that are going to turn this country into a wasteland! The law has to follow a process. How do you, with all your wisdom, presume that these three people are guilty of what they are being accused of. You only need one hothead, who has an axe to grind, to accuse somebody of something he may or may not have done, and another five air heads like you to viciously beat and torture him to death, and somebody loses a son or a father or a brother...

      Merven - 2012-03-16 08:54

      Hmmmm, if the township folk catch thieves and kill them, it is 'justice', if it is farmer killing in self defence, protecting his property/family or for trespassing on his private property, it is racism.

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 09:11

      merven r u drunk 2day?

      nsda29 - 2012-03-16 10:03

      Killing is a crime and it doesn't make you any better than the person you are punishing. It makes you worse than him because he's a thief and you are a killer. Vigilantism is worse than anything and it doesnt justify anything. All it means is: 3 thieves down and 500 killers birthed!

  • Blane - 2012-03-16 07:54

    Township justice ?

  • Marion - 2012-03-16 07:58

    Is a plasma tv worth dying for? Is a plasma tv worth killing for?

      Sean - 2012-03-16 08:13

      Well, then they should not have, trespassed, break and enter, theft. Are those crimes right? Yes 2 wrongs don't make a right, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Plus, you do not know all the facts around the cae, so don't base your judgement on the heresay of News 24

      Marion - 2012-03-16 08:14

      I'm not judging. I'm just asking questions.

      Takuza - 2012-03-16 08:16

      Jy steel nie 'n man se tv nie :)

      Cpo - 2012-03-16 08:25

      @Marion,the answer is no, seriously our state of minds have shifted for the worst,I have posted sou comments b4 questioning loss of life versus a minor offence>>and there is no balance,we've seen recent reports of people killed by mistake after being accused of being thugs. The instigators of street justice should be arrested and charged for murder>>

      Merven - 2012-03-16 08:51

      Make me think of my uncle. When ever he went on holiday, he took his remote with. He always said: "If the bastards want to steal my TV, they'll get up every time they want to change the channel!"

      Schmee - 2012-03-16 09:25

      You are absolutely right in asking that question Marion. I'm sitting here wondering, what if it was my son in the wrong place at the wrong time. Were all of these guys even guilty in the first place or was one of them maybe just in the wrong company at the wrong time? I think we have all at some stage in our lives had a bad apple as a friend or mixed with the wrong friends for a short while, does that make us bad? And since when is murder justified?

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  • Travers - 2012-03-16 08:13

    lekker, wont be stealing tv's again

  • Christopher - 2012-03-16 08:17

    Good show. If the police can't or won't do their job, who are we to stop a community for exacting retribution?

  • Stephen - 2012-03-16 08:36

    Its a sad day when three people are killed for supposedly stealing a TV. Our govt is to blame for this. The corrupt police and government is allowing criminals to do what they want resulting in a loss of trust by citizens and ultimately vigilantism. This is nothing to be gleeful about, its one more step towards total breakdown of the country. When did torture result in proper confession. They could well have been innocent and the guilty party could have blamed them and now gets away with it.

  • TBlogger - 2012-03-16 08:38

    Big up to the community!! These criminals should be taught more often lessons such as these.. perhaps our country would be a better, less scarier place to live in

  • Brett - 2012-03-16 08:42

    Play with fire, get burnt

  • Comrade - 2012-03-16 08:47


  • Dylan - 2012-03-16 08:48

    Loving your work Macassar!

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-16 08:51

    And its foreigners ! , 92% of criminals are foreigners ,now when cape town starts xenophobia, South Africa looks like the bad ones in this situation , 2 months ago foreigners started entering cape town roughly 1000 foreigners a week. And people did say this foreigners where going to bring crime into the city , look now ?

  • Greg - 2012-03-16 08:53

    While I don't condone that the men were killed, the sad reality is that had the community (allegedly) not done anything, these men probably would have got off scott-free!!

  • Nasiefa - 2012-03-16 08:58


  • Cpo - 2012-03-16 09:01

    @Trevor,I dont understand how could a driver steal about R150000 over three years,but I have one thing to tell you;whoever is doing your audits needs to answer,how could somenone a driver out of all people could've defrauded yo co.of R150000 without being noticed, change your SYSTEM&introduce new control measures baba>I do understand your frustration with the system though>>

  • Nigel - 2012-03-16 09:07

    this is what the people of Limpopo should do to their thief

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-16 09:10

    As long as the police are viewed as a possible bigger threat to the public than the criminals they fail to apprehend this will continue. The bottom line and a very real warning to the government is that if they do not handle crime, crime will be handled for them. Give the community a bottle of bells.

  • Frans - 2012-03-16 09:16

    @Marion i do agree with you in a way but you must look further, those communities are being tratored by criminals stealing and raping on a daily basis and obviously they getting gatvol.

  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-03-16 09:20

    the community surely lived with these thugs, they suffered in the hands of these thugs, they lost property to these thugs, so do you expect the commnuity to hand over these thugs to a magistrate who stays in a secure complex, electric fence and the works. what does the prosecutor or the magistrate have in common with this poor community? i understand where these innocent hard working people are coming from and i know the frustration of reporting a case and struggle to give a statement to a very rude and uninterested police officer. then you see the same perpetrator on the road the following day.

  • anton.rupert - 2012-03-16 09:37

    Happy story?

  • Cathy - 2012-03-16 12:06

    Everyone is sick of the crime in this country. If the police are not interested in finding the cuplrits and courts sentencing them and keeping them off the streets, this kind of thing is going to happen more and more! Have you ever done a costing of what crime prevention costs you personally? Alarm systems in your car, tracking devices, alarm systems at home, inflated insurance costs, etc, etc. I sure could use that money elsewhere, but am forced to pay to be safe! Not on!

      Peter - 2012-03-16 14:25

      R72 000 a year just to my security company. Another R24 000 a year insurance. And what about our health - not sleeping properly due to apprehension of what the night could bring with it, general stress due to all the negativity. Ja, its very very expensive!

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