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Thief tied up and held captive while police officers watch helplessly

By Mason White 11:30 AM July 8, 2014
The thief tied up with the crankshaft on his lap 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
A community decided to carry out street justice and there was nothing police officers could do about it.

Gugu Nzimakwe said that people in his community of Tembisa, South Africa, were angry when they caught a man stealing.

It was not the first time things have gone missing. However, this time the thief was caught.

The incident began when Bhekani Zulu, 42, a mechanic, was fixing a car. About 1:00 a.m., he heard a noise outside, so he took his gun and went to investigate.

He saw his neighbor’s tenant and another man stealing a car part called a crankshaft. The two were struggling to get the crankshaft over a fence.

“They ran away when they saw me and did not want to start a fight so late at night, so I went to the house,” Zulu said.

“In the morning I went to the neighbor’s house to confront the thief,” he added.

Members of the community began to gather outside and decided teach the thief a lesson he will never forget.

They tied his hands together, put a stick under his knees and on his arms to make sure that he could not escape.

They rested the crankshaft he was trying to steal on his chest and knees. (see photo)

Community members poured water on the thief and beat him until police arrived. Police officers tried to negotiate the release of the suspect.

Neighbors demanded payment in exchange for his release. The man was eventually freed, but not before learning his lesson not to mess with this community.