Murders turn Sweet Home to hate

Cape Town-150926. The family of SiyabongaTsetse are seen here mourning his death outside their home in Phillipe. His family, from left, Sipho Tsetse(uncle), Zuleka Jejani (aunt) and Nandipha Tsetse (sister) said he was killed by a mob last night for robbing and said they were concerned that he was doing drugs. Picture: Jason Boud. reporter:Asanda

Cape Town-150926. The family of SiyabongaTsetse are seen here mourning his death outside their home in Phillipe. His family, from left, Sipho Tsetse(uncle), Zuleka Jejani (aunt) and Nandipha Tsetse (sister) said he was killed by a mob last night for robbing and said they were concerned that he was doing drugs. Picture: Jason Boud. reporter:Asanda

Published Sep 27, 2015

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Cape Town - Two young men were the latest victims of mob violence on Friday night after angry residents said they had had enough.

Broken families are angry with their neighbours, who they say could have handled the matter differently.

The residents of Sweet Home in Philippi, near Browns Farm, ambushed the men who were smoking tik in a shack, saying they would not tolerate anymore victimisation by them.

Rubble, empty beer bottles and a broken television set are all that is left of what used to be 21-year-old Abongile Zake’s hang-out and bedroom in the front yard of his family home.

A witness said the angry mob kicked down the door of the shack and pulled the men out before beating them with wooden planks and bashing their heads in with bricks.

Shortly after they beat the men the group tried to tear down the shack.

“These boys sit around the township all day everyday using drugs and they rob us for money to buy the drugs so people were fed up.

“We often reported them to their families but it had become clear to us that they were unable to deal with their children and we were fed up with being robbed and have our homes broken into by drug-addicted children,” said the witness.

Lieutenant Colonel André Traut confirmed the incident, saying no arrests had been made yet.

“Two males aged 21 and 18 were beaten to death by unknown suspects who are yet to be arrested. The circumstances are being investigated and the motive is unknown,” said Traut.

Zake died in his yard while his friend, Siyabonga Tsetse, died just a few steps away from him, trying to flee the mob.

Tsetse and Zake’s families confirmed the men were criminals and were addicted to tik. Tsetse’s aunt Zoleka Jejani told the Weekend Argus the family had tried everything to help him get off drugs and stop doing crime.

“He had been doing drugs, tik and Mandrax, and breaking into people’s homes and mugging them. We know he was a naughty boy. He dropped out of school three years ago in Grade 7 and that is when he began using drugs. But he did not have to die like that.”

She said she found him “lying face down in a pool of his blood”.

Zake’s family was still too emotional to speak about his death, but agreed he was troublesome and that he had broken into people’s homes.

Sunday Argus

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