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Police allow thieves to walk free after community members were seen on video beating them

By Mason White 12:41 PM August 13, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A woman was furious when police allowed thieves to walk free after witnesses beat them.

When Nhlanhla Mlotshwa’s phone was stolen by thugs, the community took matters into their own hands and beat them.

When police took the suspects away they refused to arrest the men and allowed them to walk free.

The 16-year-old of Gauteng, South Africa, said that while she got her cell phone back, she wanted justice.

Mlotshwa was told by the local police station that the culprits were not arrested because they had already been punished by community members.

Mlotshwa was at the Daveyton Mall, when two men asked her to help them carry boxes into a store.

The men told the teen that she had to declare if she had a cell phone to the security guards so that no one thinks she stole it.

She was asked to put her phone and money in a box. At first, she was hesitant, but then she agreed. As soon as she placed the items in the box, the men took the items and ran to a nearby car.

Residents who witnessed the incident, stopped the men and beat the them before returning the phone to the teenager.

Officers came to the scene and rescued the criminals. However, rather than charging them with theft, the officers allowed them to walk free.

Police Captain Alfred Nakana, said that what the police did was wrong and promised to investigate the matter.