A South African man who was caught sleeping with another man’s wife have been set ablaze by angry residents of Zandspruit, Honeydew, north of Johannesburg.
SA Daily Sun reports that the husband who came home to find his wife in his bed with another man, started shouting which attracted residents.
The residents then beat the man, whose cry for mercy fell to deaf ears, with anything they could lay their hands on. They used bricks, knobkerries and later set him on fire, killing him on spot.
The body of the man was then dumped at the street in Honeydew, Gauteng by residents who called the police. His charred remains were taken to a government mortuary. The woman has since last week been in hiding and no one has yet been arrested.
A resident, who spoke with Daily Sun Za said:
“It is unfair that the man had to die like this. Why was the woman not punished?”
“She must also pay because she allowed the man to sleep with her.”
But another resident who didn’t feel sorry for the dead man said:
“What must the husband do? He was protecting his own kraal.
“That man was stupid to go to another man’s house and sleep with his wife,”
“We are living in an age where people don’t respect others. I don’t feel sorry for him.”
Another resident, who said he knew the dead man and had cautioned him not to invade other men’s nests, said:
“He wouldn’t listen, but now look what happened to him! We are tired of home-wreckers. I would have done the same.”
The husband identified as Simon Kgare then said his wife had cheated on him, saying:
“I was angry and I wanted to beat up her lover but I decided to walk away. I’m happy that I made that decision. Maybe if I fought I would be in jail by now and who would raise my children?
“I decided not to ruin my life, but I know what that man went through.”
Community leader Kenneth Lekalakala said the community told him a man was on fire but was unable to safe the deceased. He said:
“When we got there, people refused to identify the killers.”
A murder case has been opened at Honeydew Police Station though no one has been arrested.