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Teenager loses three fingers after aunt tied his hand with wire for stealing from her

By Mason White 10:29 AM March 22, 2016
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By: Wayne Morin
A teenager lost three fingers after being tortured for allegedly stealing.

The 17-year-old boy of Ekurhuleni, South Africa, was tortured and had fingers removed after being accused of stealing several times.

39-year-old Tebogo Mokgwatjane told police that her nephew stole from her on numerous occasions. He was accused of stealing again this week. He allegedly took a video camera, pots, cosmetics and a car jack.

On Sunday night, Mokgwatjane invited her nephew to her house, and upon arrival, she used wire to tie his hands and she turned on loud music so people don’t hear his screams.

The teen said that he was tortured for two hours between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. She allegedly told the teen that she wants to teach him a lesson that “crime does not pay.”

When she finally freed him, the boy ran home and his mother called police and an ambulance.

The boy was taken to the Tambo Memorial Hospital in Boksburg, where doctors had to amputate three of his fingers.

Mokgwatjane defended herself by saying that when she previously went to police to report the thefts, they did not want to open a case so she took matters into her own hands.

Crystal Park police spokeswoman Tryna Maritz said the police will speak with the teen in the hospital to help him file a report against his aunt.