By Rivalani Myambo: Gruesome details surrounding a forced hanging emerged in court last week after five Hoedspruit locals handed themselves in for the alleged act of mob justice.
All five were denied bail.
An angry mob allegedly forced a suspected serial thief to hang himself with a rope, the Hoedspruit Magistrate’s Court heard on Thursday.
Hoedspruit police spokesperson Sergeant Rhivhuwani Mulaudzi said that Jackson Magabe 57, Chicco Magabe, 37, Simakaleng Magabe , 38, Shega Magabe, 39 (who are all family members), and Lordwick Gwete, 39, from Bochabela Village outside Hoedspruit, allegedly gave Matau Mafologe, 22, the rope and forced him to hang himself.
“We confirm that five suspects have handed themselves to the police after they forced a man to hang himself with a rope. The five were accompanied by the angry community, but it is believed that the five were masterminds.”
In the incident on Monday, October 17, the suspects accused Mafologe of a housebreaking that took place at the Magabe’s household.
“After we started with investigations, the community pointed out the five who forced the deceased to kill himself with a rope. We called them and they handed themselves in on Thursday. They appeared briefly for a bail hearing and they were denied bail and will be back in court on the 27 October 2016,” said Mulaudzi.
“We condemn these actions by the community members; they must call us to deal with suspects rather than taking law into their hands.”