PISSED! KwaZakhele residents who lost faith in the justice system decided to take matters into their own hands.
The people felt that Siyanda Maneli (21) was a law unto himself, and said his muthi seemed too powerful even for the police.
“He would be arrested today but tomorrow he would be back on the street doing worse things,” said a resident.
On Monday the people took a decision to hunt him down and kill him. They said they were tired of him robbing, raping and killing people with nothing happening to him. His mother, Nompumelelo Maneli (47), told Daily Sun he was troublesome.
“I told him many times to change his ways. I even told his father to stop paying his bail.”
She said she last saw him on Saturday after a group of residents came looking for him.
“I told him the residents were gatvol and I advised him to hand himself to the cops. But he didn’t listen. On Monday I was told the residents burnt him. I heard people celebrating. I was hurt, but life goes on.”
Cops spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said: “Siyanda Maneli was a known criminal. Recently he was arrested for armed robbery and he was out on bail. It appeared that the community got fed up and got hold of him. He was murdered in Jakavula Street by residents who placed old tyres around his neck and set him on fire. A murder case has been open, but no arrest was made.”
One woman (31) said: “He had been rapping and killing people. But we killed him. We are going to boycott his funeral. We are celebrating his death.”