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Sunday September 15th 2019

Bodies of three men found in Macassar believed to be victims of vigilante violence

Last night the police were gathered outside the house in Macassar, Khayelitsha, which was the last place where three men were seen tied up before their bodies were discovered in sand dunes during the early hours of Thursday morning. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

Three men were found dead by police at Macassar sand mines near Khayelitsha during the early hours of Thursday morning.

The victims’ ages ranged from 24-26 years-old and were believed to be from 33 Section in Harare. According to Khayelitsha residents the trio had been accused by a local taxi driver known as Madiba, of stealing a TV and DVD player.

Residents claim that when the taxi driver returned home from the Eastern Cape in the early hours of Tuesday morning, he found his plasma TV and DVD player missing. He gathered a crowd of residents and went door-to-door looking for a suspect. The first suspect they found was 32-year-old Mphuthumi Nobhanda who was beaten and, according to his mother Nomthunzi Nobhanda, escaped but was still missing.

“It was on Tuesday morning around two, I heard my son screaming for help and asking the crowd why they were beating him. I rushed outside and saw three men and women were beating him. They accused him of stealing a plasma TV and DVD player, with his friend. Lucky my son managed to escape, but he has been missing since then. I don’t know if they found him but the next day the taxi driver, Madiba, came to my house and apologised for his behaviour,” said Nomthunzi.

Nomthunzi said after her son escaped the mob, Madiba went to search for further suspects.

“They brought them in front of us, tying them up with wire. We begged them not to take them away. This is not the first time something like this is happening. We told them to let the residents committee solve the problem but they did not listen. We were willing to pay Madiba back for his stolen goods if it was necessary. He said he was going to solve the problem himself. He did this with his family – there were five men and a woman. We went to look for them last night. We found them washing out a bakkie full of blood. The woman told us that they had killed our children and dumped them. She said it proudly. She even told me that my son is next, they will look for him.” said Nomthunzi.

Nomthunzi said the victims’ families will now have a meeting.

Area committee chairperson, Thelma Bodli, said they begged the taxi driver not to kill the three men but he could not be placated.

“We don’t want people to take the law into their own hands. We begged Madiba and his family members not to spill any blood. Some of the parents were willing pay Madiba back for his things, especially Nomthunzi whose son they had already attacked but who had run away from them. Madiba said he was going to take the law into his own hands, that he would solve the problem with the help of other taxi drivers,” said Bodli.

Provincial police spokesperson, Frederick Van Wyk, said at about 2am yesterday morning Macassar SAPS Members were patroling in the Macassar area when they discovered the bodies of three unidentified males lying at the sand mines near Khayelitsha. We estimate that the deceased are between the ages of 24-26.”

Van Wyk said the motives behind the killings are unconfirmed but that it could have been a vigilante attack. – Nombulelo Damba

Tags: 33 Section in Harare, Frederick Van Wyk, Khayelitsha, Macassar sand mines, Macassar SAPS Members, Madiba, Mphuthumi Nobhanda, Nomthunzi Nobhanda, Thelma Bodli, vigilante attack

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One Response to “Bodies of three men found in Macassar believed to be victims of vigilante violence”

  1. Annoynimous says:

    I AM VERY DISSAPOINTED WITH THE FACT THAT THESE YOUNG BOYS WERE KILLED BY THIS MONSTER AND HIS FAMILY WHILE THE COMMUNITY AND STREET COMMITEES WERE WATCHING ON TOP OF THAT NO ONE TRY TO ALERT THE POLICE AND NOW THEY PRETENDING AS IF THEY ARE WORRIED EVEN THIS tHELMA AND Bodligazi they beat these guys.fuck maan

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