Man beaten to death after being caught cooking stolen goat meat


HE stirred the pot of mogodu while tasting to check if the salt was enough.

But he was not aware the owners of the goat he had stolen were looking for him.

And they suddenly pushed his door open.

However, he couldn’t hide the mogodu pot and the owners’ suspicions were confirmed.

The angry livestock owners from Etwatwa, Ekurhuleni grabbed the herder and beat him with sticks until he died on Thursday, 9 December. His three friends are still on the run.

A livestock owner said they hired the herder and others to look after their animals at kraals near Phumlani Cemetery in Etwatwa, but the herders took advantage of them.

“We’ve been looking for the stolen goats, but we didn’t know who was stealing them.

“People got angry and decided to take the law into their own hands,” he said.

Another livestock owner said her goats were once looked after at the kraal, but she decided to build a small holding area in her yard after she lost more than 50 of them.

“I’m a sangoma and we use the goats during ukuthwasa,” she said.

Captain Johannes Ramphora said police patrolling the area received a complaint of an unnatural death.

On arrival they found a man’s body in his early 30s, identified as Shaka, lying next to a fence next to the kraal.

“On closer inspection it was found he had a big gash on top of his head. When the herder was first confronted, he became aggressive and produced a gun, but he was overpowered and we are told he admitted he was involved together with other herders, and it was not the first time they stole the goats.”

Ramphora said a murder case was opened at Springs Police Station, but no arrests have been made yet.

– Daily Sun

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