Po­lice warn against street jus­tice af­ter mob kills PE teen

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Sibulele Mboyi and Gareth Wil­son mboyis@ti­soblack­star.co.za

ABOUT 120 New Brighton res­i­dents killed a Port El­iz­a­beth teenager yes­ter­day morn­ing amid claims that he had mur­dered his mother.

Af­ter the at­tack, po­lice is­sued a stern warn­ing that vig­i­lante jus­tice would not be tol­er­ated.

When re­porters vis­ited the scene of the vi­cious at­tack on Lindo Kuhle, 18, res­i­dents said they had not seen any­thing.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain An­dre Beetge said the in­ci­dent was triggered af­ter Nothemba Eu­nice Tsili, 56, was found dead out­side her home in Ta­bata Street, New Brighton, at about 4.45am.

“She was stabbed mul­ti­ple times in her up­per body and neck,” Beetge said.

“The com­mu­nity in the area im­me­di­ately be­gan a search for her son, Lindo Kuhle, who they sus­pected was the mur­derer.”

Kuhle was found by res­i­dents be­fore the po­lice could lo­cate him.

“At 9.40am a group of about 120 peo­ple killed him [Kuhle] by burn­ing him in the street, not far from where the body of his mother was found ear­lier,” Beetge said.

Tsili’s sis­ter, who did not want to be named, was at Kuhle’s home shortly af­ter the mur­der. She said she was an­gry that res­i­dents had taken to so­cial me­dia to write about her sis­ter and nephew’s deaths.

“What hap­pened to my sis­ter’s boy is dev­as­tat­ing,” she said.

“I hear peo­ple have posted about it on Face­book for the whole world to see.

“I would like to in­vite who­ever posted this in­ci­dent as some­thing to laugh about on Face­book to come for­ward and at­tend to you [the re­porter] as we do not have time for me­dia in­quiries.

“We as a fam­ily do not want our af­fairs broad­cast – we keep our mat­ters in the fam­ily.” Mother­well clus­ter com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Dawie Ra­bie said: “Re­venge at­tacks, or mob jus­tice, can­not be tol­er­ated. One can­not right a wrong with an­other wrong.

“Mur­der stays mur­der, and those killing out of re­venge will face the same con­se­quences.”

Both mur­ders are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by New Brighton po­lice.


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