Witbank bag snatcher had travelled 130km

2015-05-20 12:58
A woman strikes the Witbank bag snatcher with a broom. (Witbank News, YouTube)

A woman strikes the Witbank bag snatcher with a broom. (Witbank News, YouTube)

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WATCH: Nabbed handbag thief receives beating

2015-05-20 09:02

A Witbank woman exacted her version of justice on a man who stole her handbag by beating the suspect with a broom. Watch.WATCH

Witbank - A man caught shortly after he allegedly snatched the bag of a domestic worker in Witbank had travelled more than 130km, all the way from Midrand, to carry out his dirty deed.

He was arrested on Tuesday morning, said Captain Eddie Hall.

"At around 08:45, a lady working at a house in the Die Heuwel area was waiting at the corner of Amsterdam and OR Tambo for ... other domestic workers to arrive," said Hall.

"A skinny guy with dreadlocks from Midrand in Johannesburg came and grabbed her handbag and ran through a four-lane road towards the veld."

Apparently home free, the suspect's luck ran out when a plumber travelling along the same road with his workers in the back of his bakkie heard the woman's screams.

"The owner jumped out of the car and his four workers followed. They pursued the suspect and caught him in the open veld," said Hall.


A video of him being carried by the plumber and his workers shortly after his arrest quickly did the rounds on social media on Tuesday.

One of the men is seen giving the suspected thief a hard smack on the chest while another carries the recovered handbag.

"They called the woman to give back her bag," said Hall.

In the video, the woman, now joined by her friends, makes her way across the road where she appears grateful to have her handbag back.

"God bless you, God bless you," they are heard saying to the plumber.

The victim then approaches the suspect  who is by this time in the back of the bakkie.

‘Get a job’

Leaning into the bakkie, the woman yells at him, calling him a "tsotsi" and a "skelm".

"Why don't you go get a job," she yells out at him in IsiNdebele.

After giving him a few poundings, one of the woman's friends picks up what appears to be a broomstick and gives the man a few lashes.

"Say sorry, say sorry," the plumber urges the alleged handbag thief, but he keeps mum.

"This thing of you smoking [nyaope] will get you killed," the victim says.

"You will get killed," she continues.

The police were called and the man arrested and charged with robbery.

He had been scheduled to appear in the Witbank Magistrate's Court.

Hall said the matter would most likely be postponed to next week.

The suspect was caught before he could take anything from the woman's bag.

Watch the video below, which was posted on the Witbank News's YouTube page:

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