Man Killed by Mob Justice After Stealing a Plasma TV
In a disturbing turn of events, a man was killed by mob justice after stealing a Plasma TV.
The tragic incident happened yesterday morning in Makurung village, just outside Lebowakgomo in Limpopo.
Man Killed by Mob Justice For Stealing Plasma TV
The fatal mob attack began when unusual sounds within his residence jolted the homeowner awake, setting off the sequence of events. Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, spokesperson for the South African Police Service (SAPS), confirmed the harrowing incident to Zimoja.
According to Mashaba, the homeowner discovered three intruders within his home, swiftly absconding with a plasma television. Rattled by the intrusion, the homeowner raised an alarm, calling out for help. In a display of unity, members of the community swiftly responded to the distress call, gathering at the scene.
In the chaos that ensued, two of the thieves managed to flee the scene on foot, leaving their accomplice behind. The irate mob, driven by anger and perhaps a sense of vigilantism, cornered and viciously assaulted the apprehended suspect. Despite being alerted and intervening, the police were unable to save the assailant, who succumbed to severe injuries inflicted during the mob assault.
Police Response: Urgent Manhunt Launched
SAPS confirmed the discovery of the deceased body. He is estimated to be between 40 and 47 years old. He was found with fatal wounds lying on the street. Authorities opened a murder case, prompting an urgent manhunt to identify and apprehend the unknown individuals involved in the brutal attack.
In response to this chilling event, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, the Provincial Commissioner of Police, denounced the use of mob justice.
“We reiterate our call to community members to resist the temptation of taking the law into their own hands, but rather report any suspicious criminal element to the police,” Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe said.