It took just 15 minutes for Monwabisi Park residents to kill a man caught trying to break into a car during the early hours of Saturday morning.
And it took one man’s cry for help to get residents rushing out of the shebeen to catch the suspect and beat him to death.
According to eye-witnesses the incident happened at 1am and after beating and stoning the man, known as Simphiwe, 26, to death, they returned to their drinking in the shebeen as if nothing had happened.
Those who arrived later at the scene seemed relieved that Simphiwe was dead.
West Cape News arrived at the scene, this journalist was asked if she knew the suspect. When she replied “no”, residents said “that is why you ask why he was killed”.
“Everyone here knows him and he had no mercy when he robs people. To him it didn’t matter if he knew the person, at night it was a different story,” said one man.
According to the resident, who refused to be named, Simphiwe was drinking in one of the local shebeens with three of his friends.
He said they left before 1am and were very drunk.
“Within minutes after they left, I heard a man shouting for help. Most of the people were still drinking at the time. We all rushed outside. His friends managed to escape but Simpra (as they call him) was not so lucky. Residents came in numbers, the majority from shebeens. He was surrounded so that he cannot escape, and the beating started.
“We were using sticks, irons and stones. He fell down in no time. That’s when I stepped aside but other people continue to beat him. Some were asking for their belongs that they claimed he had stolen. There was no way that he was going to survive. He was bleeding too much. Within 15 minutes was over, Simphiwe was lying at the back of the shack dead and residents left to continue with their drinks as if they didn’t kill the person,” he said.
Police had not responded to questions before going to press. – Nombulelo Damba