Suspected robber beaten to death

2011-12-30 07:30

Johannesburg - A 32-year-old man has died in an apparent mob justice attack in Kgaphamadi village, outside Groblersdal, prompting Limpopo police to warn communities not to take the law into their own hands.

The killing came after four men reportedly held a shopkeeper hostage on Wednesday and stabbed him in the neck and feet. They also ransacked the store.

A young child witnessed the incident and alerted villagers, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Thursday.

"The community managed to apprehend two men at the shop, while the other two managed to escape. It is alleged that the two were severely assaulted by the community until they were rescued by the police."

A 32-year-old man, identified as Tummi Mmotong, was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Mulaudzi said a meeting was called by the police with community members to condemn this kind of behaviour.

"Problems should be directed to the police. We had to open a murder docket because we have to follow the letter of the law," he said.

"We are expecting to make some arrests regarding the death, but it will be difficult because in situations like these, people are reluctant to talk."

  • spartanx93 - 2011-12-30 07:41

    (1) one less theif to worry about & (2) stabbing people in the feet! what is this all about?

      John - 2011-12-30 09:06

      Good! I fully agree that the cretin that was killed deserved what he got! The people of the area should be awarded for taking out the trash!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 09:24

      Mob justice to this extent should never be condoned. What happens next? Several children will be left to fend for themselves because their parents will be in jail for killing a thief. Gut reaction makes us say "well done", but before you do something like this think of the consequences.

      spartanx93 - 2011-12-30 09:50

      What about the shop keepers family? I don't understand why people back the criminal when they get a beat down or killed by mobs? Our correctional services are not what you exactly call efficient. If you commit a crime you should be fully aware of the consequences that follow!!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 11:03

      Spartanx the problem is when you are involved in mob justice you too are now a criminal. This is not something I just made up, its part of the rule of law worldwide. Your theory is that all crime is punishable by death. Great, when you next break the speed limit we can just kill you. If you don't pay all your tax, we just kill you. Stupidity born of frustration.

      spartanx93 - 2011-12-30 11:49

      My theory is murderers, rapist & drug runners should be hung, period. Your example of being put to death for breaking speed limits or not paying taxes is plain idiotic. Have some common sense! When someone you know gets murdered, give the criminal a bells as you seems to more that satisfied for him to sit in prison for a year or two before gets released and commits the same crimes again.

  • Henk - 2011-12-30 07:48

    This wouldn't happen if the law didn't protect the criminals. Joe Public knows that criminals are out on the streets in a few days, only to carry on with crime, and in order to prevent that they will rather do something themselves. This type of thing will increase until the situation changes.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-30 07:50

    Where were the police? They always talk of visible policing.

  • Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-12-30 07:52

    Nice,:) I'm relocating to that village, they knw how to deal with problems!

  • Clement Venter - 2011-12-30 07:58

    The wheel is turning on this incompetent government. Soon the people shall lead.

      John - 2011-12-30 08:09

      Clement, damn can the wheel speed up already! Ditto for Leonards word ""GATVOL""

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-30 08:06

    Well community people.

  • mike.bester1 - 2011-12-30 08:07

    Well done to the folks of Kgaphamadi village, pity you did not get all 4, GOOD JOB!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-12-30 08:28

    well now if he is guilty, good so mr so called president what was it that you said about the death penalty i know int that township every crook is thinking twice about committing a crime now you go good citizens get the bastards

  • Edwin - 2011-12-30 08:40

    It is a known fact that vigilante retaliation is a consequence of ineffective policing.

  • Gordon - 2011-12-30 08:41

    Just wish all the communities in SA townships and suburbs could do the same

  • Thoka - 2011-12-30 08:58


      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 11:04

      Then you would be joining this mob in jail too.

  • PaasHaas - 2011-12-30 09:02

    Oh, I can picture the scene, had the community followed the RIGHT channels: 1 - No one bothered to answer the phone at the local police station 2 - Someone answered the phone and in a disinterested voice told the frantic caller that there were no vehicles available to attend to the crime in progress 3 - All available vehicles were stuck in the drive through queue at KFC and thus couldnt attend to the crime in progress 4 - The police didnt want to attend to the scene and apprehend the perpetrators as that would ruin the cozy relationship between cop and robber (standard feature in our little Mpumalanga town).

      Edwin - 2011-12-30 09:18

      Exactly! Comes back to my point that if the police do their jobs well vigilante justice would not occur.

      John - 2011-12-30 10:13

      You have forgotten one PaasHaas: Sorry ou vehicles won't start cause we siphoned all the petrol out. LOL

  • kikisian - 2011-12-30 09:23

    How can you be a "suspected robber" if you were caught in the act. If the police did their job prehpas there might be less mob justic as real justic would exist.

  • Lantie Wa Mopedi Masenamela - 2011-12-30 09:47

    This will be a good message to potential criminals around the area that Kgaphadi is a no go area.they made a security name for their village...I mean the name it self says it all.Kgapha madi( wipe the blood)well if my english severs me well..

  • Bornlucky Manaswe - 2011-12-30 11:45

    We are all tired of crime, I have been a victim before like many south africans hence we see this kind of mob justice and the reaction of comments but has it ever occurred to us that one innocent person at the wrong place at the wrong time might get mobbed and killed? Imagine if it was your loved one, let's not solve crime with crime. We all know some people are wrongfully convicted all over the world, just imagine if we hand them to mob justice. I think the government must do everything possible and even copy other crime solving techniques from other countries to fight this problem. We as citizens we must stop being arm chair critics too, I remember Desmond Dube once organized a million man march to union buildings but only a few turned up but let it be rugby match or soweto derby in FNB the whole stadium will be packed. So maybe we should look at our priorities because most of us enjoy bashing our government without giving constructive criticism. We desperately need your brains to solve crime,decrease unemployment,service delivery, health and education improvement. Let's do this for our kids and grant kids. I love u all and proud to be a south african.

      spartanx93 - 2011-12-30 12:10

      the government has known for 17 years that crime has been out of control. people are tired of complaining to them and getting no results. the government is just a conundrum of false lies & hopes to the people.

  • Fred - 2011-12-30 12:48

    People who don't agree with mob justice must remember that we live in Africa, the land of the tokoloshe where rape, theft and murder are national pastimes. African problems call for African solutions like that described above. Those people trying to apply European standards of justice are fooling themselves.

  • gcshrimpton - 2011-12-30 16:32

    Give the Mob a case of Bells!

  • Rebaone - 2012-03-05 19:55

    S.A is becoming one of those countries in the world where what the law says does not matter and the citizens are busy taking the law into their own hands, that deprives some of us the opportunity to see justice being done as killing a fellow human being is not justice but injustice of which is a threat to justice.

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