Men survive mob justice

South Africa
Two young Cape Town men have survived mob justice allegedly at the hands of taxi drivers. They say they were falsely accused of being criminals. Some viewers may find the following visuals disturbing. eNCA

Cape Town - Two young Cape Town men have survived mob justice, allegedly at the hands of taxi drivers.

They said they were falsely accused of being criminals and were assaulted.

The two survivors said they were walking home last Sunday when they were accosted by taxi drivers.

"We were walking in Gugulethu. A fleet of cars and taxis came towards us, they shoved us into one taxi.

"We asked what we did wrong and no one answered. They took us to the taxi terminus, stripped us naked and beat us with sjamboks," said one victim who did not want to be identified.

The abductors then took one of the men to his grandmother's home.

The grandmother, who also did not want to be identified, said her grandson was brought home by the taxi drivers looking for stolen goods.  

"They searched the house and did not find anything.  I asked them what they are going to do with him.

"They said they are going to murder him at the beach, you must just  prepare the coffin," she said of the ordeal.

The men were released after being assaulted for almost an hour.

According to one of the victims, one of the drivers asked the others if they were sure that they had caught the right people.

Both victims needed medical treatment.

Their families are now demanding that authorities put an end to taxi drivers taking the law into their own hands.

"They must be investigated. They need to stop beating up other people's children. They need to ask before they pick up sjamboks, so that our children can give them answers," said the grandmother.

The South African Taxi Association says it condemns any form of violence by taxi drivers.

-eNCA

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