A 24-year-old year old from Motsoaledi squatter camp, Soweto, SA, has been burnt with an iron, accused of stealing tyres.
Residents barged into 48-year-old mum Patience Batala's home and dragged her son Xolani, outside, claiming he had stolen tyres.
The mob, led by taximen, took an iron and burned Xolani.
"They told me I should come and witness the death of 'my dog'!" said Patience.
Xolani said he was sleeping in his shack three weeks ago when he heard the sound of men's voices coming from outside his door.
He said: "I was with my girlfriend and I told her to tell them I wasn't home.
"But before she could finish unlocking the chain, the door was kicked into her face.
"They hit my girlfriend and dragged me outside.
"They accused me of stealing tyres from a taxi, tied my ankles with rope, and started beating me.
"A man went to his shack and came back with a hot iron.
"He burned my feet with it and they later took turns burning other parts of my body."
He said the beating went on for hours because he refused to confess.
Patience said: "We're afraid to open a case now because these people are taximen and might kill my family.
"It's not fair because there are witnesses who spent the whole day with my son and they say he didn't take those tyres."
Source - Dailysun