Alleged Cape Town thief necklaced

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An alleged thief out on bail was necklaced in Khayelitsha at the weekend, according to a report on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that the burnt body of Andile Mtsholo, 32, was found in a field in B Section around 4am on Saturday morning.

He had been suspected of robberies in the Lingelethu West area and local residents believed he had stolen a cellphone while out on bail.

Necklacing involves putting a tyre around a person's neck or chest, dousing it in petrol and setting it alight. It was used during the apartheid era to kill people thought to be collaborating with the then government.

Some residents, who did not give their name, told the newspaper they were glad Mtsholo was killed.

"The dog is dead. We will walk freely with our cellphones now," said one person.

Another said the necklacing was a clear message to suspected criminals that "we'll get them one by one".

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