Siphiwe Zondo, aged 43 was allegedly attacked by suspects on Saturday while moving the goats he had purchased in Ga-Mphahlele. According to Lt. Colonel Mamphaswa Seabi, Zondo's bakkie was stopped by unknown suspects and he was forcefully pulled out. Afterwards he was severely assaulted and burned to death. He was suspected of stock theft. Surprisingly, no stolen goats were found.
We cannot continue killing each other for things we don't have proof for. If someone stole or committed an illegal act there are police to take care of that. Proper procedures have to be followed instead of taking the law into your own hands.
The South African legal system has an old common law remedy known as the mandament van spolie (spoliation), which provides relief to persons who have been deprived of goods without due legal procedure having been followed. Such a deprived person can then regain possession of the dispossessed goods by way of the spoliation remedy.
Relief by way of the mandament van spolie is mostly claimed in application proceedings as opposed to action proceedings due to the often urgent nature of these matters. For example, a tenant who has been evicted without notice of due legal procedure having been followed would be left without any shelter and would thus need to urgently gain access to the leased premises in order to be protected from the elements.
Social media users were not impressed by the tragic incident. Some even said this will end in tears because Zulus hate pedis.
"Whatever these guys have started will end in tears. It's even worse because Zulus hate Pedis so bad. I wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow we wake up to news that pedis in KZN (either at school or at work) are being killed because of this. This is very bad" - Kay Megane.
Vigilantism is defined as when a person or group of people take the law into their own hands, in an attempt to serve justice. Charges for vigilantism differs because of the nature of injuries sustained by the victim. Cases of grievous bodily harm and attempted murder could be opened by the victim. Some could even lose their lives and a case of murder would be opened.
The community should refrain from taking the law into their own hands and let police continue doing their job by investigating and arresting the suspects involved in criminal activities.
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