Nellmapius robber beaten up

The robber after the beating. Photo: Thato Mahlangu.

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Thato Mahlangu

A robber was beaten up in extention 4 in Nellmapius, outside Mamelodi, after angry residents tied him up with his shoelaces.

This happened after Somalian shop owner Joel Seyoum was robbed when he was closing his shop about 20:00 on Friday evening.

The residents told a Rekord reporter on the scene they wanted to teach the robber a lesson he would never forget.

They said they did not want to leave the matter to the police as too many tsotsis were getting off scot-free.

Seyoum told Rekord three armed men rushed him as he was about to close the shop and demanded money, cellphones and airtime.

Neighbours heard Seyoum’s screams and gun shots.

A neighbour, Edward Bampoe, said he was watching television with his family at the time and rushed outside to investigate.

Bampoe said he saw two men running out of the shop as neighbours came out.

The angry locals caught the third robber and locked him up in the shop.

“We had to lock him inside as the other two had already run away and we needed to teach him a lesson,” said an angry resident who did not want to be identified.

The robber was screaming from inside the shop as he was apparently being beaten up.

The crowd outside opened the shop’s door after about 15 minutes to see what was going on inside.

The robber tried to get away but was blocked. He sought to apologise for his deeds, but the crowd descended on him and beat him with heavy objects.

He tried to fight back but was overwhelmed.

The robber, who kept pleading with the mob not to kill him, was believed to be part of a gang behind cable theft in the neighbourhood.

Someone alerted the police and they arrested the man, who appeared to be seriously hurt. He was taken to hospital.

The other two robbers got away with about R6 000 worth of airtime. About R1 800 in cash was found with the man who was beaten up.

Police could not be reached immediately.

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