Youngsters stoned and set on fire in South Africa

Youngsters stoned and set on fire in South Africa
Published: 2015 March 29 18:05:33 (13899 Views)
Teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years old, accused of killing a 30-year-old man after they had a fight at a tavern in South Africa, were beaten and set alight.

Gugulethu Tiya, 17, and his four friends allegedly beat the man, who was known to them, with stones and fists in Sondela squatter camp, Rustenburg, North West.

The boys were captured and Gugulethu's sister, Ncebakazi, 19, said she and her twin sister pleaded with the crowd to hand the boys over to cops but they refused.

"We saw our brother being set alight," said Ncebakazi. "He screamed for help, calling our names. But there was nothing we could do because the angry crowd threatened to beat us if we went to our burning brother."

"I will never forget this. It was cruel and barbaric. At first they beat the boys and hit them with stones," she said.

"Then one of them shouted that the boys didn't deserve to live and they must be set alight. He ordered some of the men to bring petrol."

She said the men returned with a plastic container and poured petrol over them.

"I thought I was dreaming. I saw flames coming out of them and I heard Gugulethu and his friends screaming," she said.

"Their pleas fell on deaf ears. The crowd continued to throw stones at them."

Ncebakazi said she had a video of the incident but decided to delete it from her phone.



"I watched the video for days. Even in my dreams I was haunted by the image of my brother screaming in pain," she said.

Ncebakazi's twin sister, Noncebo, said Gugulethu and his friend were still alive when they were taken away by cops.

"I visited him in hospital the same day. He was burnt and he had serious head injuries," she said.

"He told me things would be okay but the following day he couldn't speak and later that evening we received a call from the hospital to say he had died."

She said Gugulethu was buried last week in the Eastern Cape.

Babalwa Vimba (30), Gugulethu's elder sister, said they fear for their lives because angry residents may attack them.

North West police spokesman, Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed that the police rescued the boys, who were taken to Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital.

He said a 19-year-old suspect charged with the alleged murder of the 30-year-old man in the tavern appeared briefly in the Rustenburg Magistrates Court.

The case was postponed to 9 April and he was not asked to plead. He is still in custody.

He said a 31-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder and attempted murder of the five boys will be in court on 1 April for a bail application.



Source - Dailysun

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