Siblings held for killing intruder

2011-12-28 18:00

Durban - A man and his two sisters were expected appear in the Umzimkhulu Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for killing a man who tried to break into their home, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

The three caught the 27-year-old, and allegedly beat and stoned him to death in the Dayi area on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

Police found the intruder at the family's cattle kraal with one of the alleged killers.

The three, aged between 35 and 45, were arrested and charged with murder.

  • Irene - 2011-12-28 18:12

    Why have they been arrested? They did the country a favour.

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-28 18:45

      Haibo! They need a good attorney now. Even the comrades can go to jail if they don't think quick.

      Sharon - 2011-12-28 19:20

      Typical scenario: Intruder gets in, ties the brother up, rapes the sisters and kills all of them. This time the victims won the day. Good for them.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-28 21:23

      What a mess. What they did is wrong, but how can you blame them? People take the law into their own hands when they cannot trust the authorities to provide justice. Ideally they would have overpowered him and handed him to the cops; he would spend a long time in jail - in South Africa, he would bribe the cops and be let out at the nearest taxi rank.

  • thebrucemcdonald - 2011-12-28 18:13

    How can it be murder if it is not premeditated?

      Steward - 2011-12-28 19:30

      If he was stabbed or shot they could have gotten away with it. To stone someone to death, you need to dispose of the body without witnesses.

      rbczovczov - 2011-12-28 19:37

      The law is an a$$ for sure. Here are people who were minding their own business, enjoying their peace and tranquillity within the privacy and confines of their home,and this criminal made a conscious decision to trespass onto their property with the intention of possibly robbing, raping and even murdering them.It is the criminal who initiated the events that led to his own demise. Its obvious they were just defending themselves, it was either their own lives or the criminal's. Surely common sense should prevail here.

      Sean - 2011-12-28 20:36

      This is what I call double standards - we cannot even protect ourselves in our own homes! OK we don't know the full facts yet, but come on.... once again it seems that the criminals rule this country!

      Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-12-28 21:37

      At some point during the assault, he ceased to be a threat.....that's when private defence turned to murder, sad sad sad...they should have apprehended him and stabbed him on the neck and let him bleed to death, then call the cops, open-shut case of self-defence, feel sorry for them tho, think the brother must take this one like a man, u can't have 3 siblings in jail for this, aint fair!

  • Gerry - 2011-12-28 18:13

    oh please what ´bull, kill the bastard, he is a thief!!

      rbczovczov - 2011-12-28 19:44

      On the flip side, if this thief had prevailed, he would have went on to rob, rape and even kill them AND to add salt to injury, our justice system would have granted him bail the following week. Thank god they killed the scumbag and now the scoreboard reads; Law Abiding Citizens 1 Criminals 0. I think we need to set up a special fund to help innocent citizens who find themselves in the same situation with their legal bills.

  • Xenswim1 - 2011-12-28 18:14

    it is hard not to feel sympathy with the murderers knowing that if the perp had injured one of them or had stolen something it would have been devasting for those so poor. The police would never have bothered to catch the robber so they have save us milliuons in wasted taxes.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-28 18:17

    Once again S.A. law for the criminals!! Shocking!

  • SergeD69 - 2011-12-28 18:22

    If you take something that does not belong to you, you must be willing to pay the price. Give the 3 victims a Bells

  • Kate - 2011-12-28 18:29

    This is what happens when a justice system is shyte

  • Morne - 2011-12-28 18:35

    Ahhh, the rule of law. If these people had faith in the justice system they would have gladly caught him and handed him over to authorities knowing he would be dealt with. Violence, rape, murder is only justified if committed by those the law protects - and that is not the tax paying public. Enjoy your democracy...

  • Wanga - 2011-12-28 18:36

    So i get charged for murder for killing a bastard before he kills me in my own home? so the poor Indian guy who lost both his parents and got shot 3 times would also have been charged with murder had he managed to kill the people who were killing his parents? #puzzled

      Gail - 2011-12-29 12:00

      No Wanga. If you kill an intruder in your own home you would be taken in for questioning or questioned for manslaughter/culpable homicide where all facts would be weighed by a judge and the case against you dismissed. Sadly our courts are clogged with instances like this where shoddy basic policing such as filing etc somehow get s mislaid and also our jail system is inadequate. I hope these three people are out on bail as they should be. Even in Muslim countries they do not kill you for stealing but they do inflict bodily harm on you so that you are henceforth recognised as a criminal of a certain type.

  • chris.kleynhans - 2011-12-28 18:42

    So was the police there to protect them...if there were less intended crime we wouldn't end up with so much less unintended crime. Was it a question of them or him? But it is still fine for the police to shoot and kill and many times it seems scores are settled that way. One way to bypass the justice system but for us, the disarmed animals, there are not many choices, when they are coming for us we just have to let them have their way...

      Sean - 2011-12-28 20:43

      i agree Chris. Then they have the audacity to erect signs at intersections stating "Hi-jacking Hotspot - Beware of your own safety" - now I ask you how the ......k must we do that not to mention in our own homes - that's why we were disarmed, so that crime can prevail!!!! This is sickning just to read articles like these!

  • Hunter - 2011-12-28 19:19

    Not much information on all the circumstances, so we assume that what the three did was in defence of their property. Let's see what comes from the investigation.

  • bruce.boome - 2011-12-28 19:32

    It should be seen as a public duty to stop a thief while in the commision of a crime- and if he is killed his further victims have been saved. To hell with "human rights"

      Phillie - 2011-12-28 20:29

      Only the criminals have "human"rights

  • Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 19:32

    i don't get it! The law in this country protects criminals more than us!

  • Hermann - 2011-12-28 19:51

    Ach shame, another criminal whose human rights were violated. I think it is time to demobilise the police and abandon the courts as the criminals apparently do rule societies now.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-28 20:01


  • eradingoana - 2011-12-28 20:58

    That is SA 'stupid laws. The laws have ended up making the poor policemen/women part of their stupidity. This is the real Mugabe Regime.

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-28 22:14

    African justice - this is not uncommon in rural areas - if someone breaks into a house and is caught - it is very difficult to save that person from a severe beating the community are extremely incensed by burglary.

  • Michelle Kirsten - 2011-12-28 22:52

    I think police need to issue information leaflet on which forms of self defence get which punishment! Just so I can be sure I don't get arrested for using pepper-spray incorrectly and accidentally hurting my assailant.

  • robert.m.sylvester - 2011-12-28 23:28


      robert.m.sylvester - 2011-12-28 23:29

      sorry I mean AGAIN

      Henk - 2011-12-29 13:40

      Don't make that mistake AGSIN you hear!!;-)

  • Sifiso - 2011-12-29 05:23

    Hopefully they will be found guilty of murder. As far as I'm concerned they are more barbaric than the guy who tried to break in. They have no ubuntu. Revenge is not the way. Thank goodness Mandela had ubuntu or else S.A. would be just like Somalia right now.

      moss.nteo - 2011-12-29 08:58

      Sifiso I don't wish for this thing to happen to you, honestly. I hope you will live happily without experiencing the challenges of crime in south africa.

      George - 2011-12-29 09:10

      Sifiso One true thing toy said is that Madiba had Ubuntu. I could not agree more but what you failed to take in consideration is that this is a criminal and the ubuntu that Madiba had was not for criminality. You are saying they are more barabaric than the criminal himself now please be a leader and tell us what you would have done if this has happened to you. Or if these tugs , or tug , raped your wife in front of you and killed your child. What then? Would you have the ubuntu then? Get a life man it is because of people like you that we are where we are. People are feeling sorry for criminals because they too have a right to live. Rubbish man what about the woman's dignity and self respect they took when they raped her , what about the person they killed he also had a right to live , we work for what we want and when we protect it we go to jail. What Rubbish is it with you , you should no the difference between right and wrong. Maybe wait till you are a victim of crime and trhen we will talk. The other alternative maybe you are in with the criminals and want to protect them. i sincerely hope that is not the case.

      Silver - 2011-12-29 10:57

      @Shaun: Subdue him, wait for a few days for the cops to collect him. He would be charged with trespassing, you with assault (much harsher charge) and the criminal would be out before the end of the day to return to your home or attack someone else in their home and possibly rape and kill them. You as a law abiding citizen is forced to “do the criminal no harm” but the law just affords the criminal another chance to do what he/she wants. You are forced to “respect life” but the criminal can kill you whenever he wants. You as a law abiding citizen is made a sheep while the wolves are given every opportunity to do with you as they please. Enough!

  • Ronell - 2011-12-29 09:03

    Unbelievable!!!! That piece of rubbish could have killed them!!!

  • Sharon - 2011-12-29 09:49

    The intruder must have had contacts in the ruling party or the ancyl.we cant even protect our property or lives anymore,

  • Silver - 2011-12-29 10:59

    They did not only protect themselves but they did the rest of South Africa a huge favor. They should be given medals!

  • Gail - 2011-12-29 11:52

    The problem here is that there were three people and only one criminal. If they had been smart they would have maimed him by removing a leg just after they called the police. He could have gone straight to hospital and possibly died there. An eye for an eye is all fine and well but eventually it results in everyone being blind.

  • Gail - 2011-12-29 12:13

    Wherever an unnatural death occurs, those parties involved are always taken into custody to establish the sequence of events. Once the nature and reason for the crime has been established the people/persons are then released on bail. Should the higher powers in our police system feel that undue force was used then a charge is laid against them. In most cases these "innocent" victims are probably safer in custody for the time being anyway and eventually if it is found that they acted in self defense they are released on a warning.

      Hunter - 2011-12-29 17:01

      I doubt if you have seen or even heard of what happens in our police holding cells. It is normally better not to be kept there.

  • Ettiene - 2011-12-29 13:20

    Give them a Medal!!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2013-09-11 15:26

    There is a thin line between self defence and over-self defense, people should know when to stop to avoid trouble.

  • Mshini Chaane - 2013-09-11 16:16

    They should have burned the thugs body and throw it far away. Why are they in jail? They were defending themselves against the intruder. This is one case I wish the SAP can loose the docket as they always do with Hijackers dockets.

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