Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mozambican man immolated in South Africa

I must say the word ‘immolated’ had me reaching for my dictionary.

It's one of those words that attracts attention due to it rarely being used.

I thought it may have a higher meaning hence its use by the BBC.

I checked what it meant exactly and 'immolated' means to offer something up as a sacrifice, usually by burning.

That is not what happened. A man was beaten by a mob and then thrown alive into his burning shack - certainly not as a “sacrifice”.

Methinks the reporter got too excited with his thesaurus. Shows you what lazy fat airheads modern journos have become. The man’s death merited a bit more effort from the so-called professional journalist.

The bigger picture of the people not trusting the police to sort out issues therefore taking matters into their own hands is a failure on the part of the police and the SA gubbermunt to interact and listen to the people. Expect more of this.

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A mob has burned a Mozambican man alive after accusing him of setting fire to a shack, following a recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

The 30-year-old victim was stoned then burned in the Atteridgeville Township, said Captain Thomas Mufamadi, who estimated the mob at about 300 people.

Police arrested three suspects for murder and robbery, as some 2,000 rand (246 dollars, 160 euros) were stolen from the man, Mufamadi said.

He added that officers did not consider the incident linked to the recent wave of xenophobic violence that killed 62 people and displaced tens of thousands since it occurred after the accusations involving the shack.

"They are alleging that he burned a shack yesterday," Mufamadi said.

In the wave of violence that broke out last month, with mobs forcing people from their homes and looting immigrant-owned stores, some victims were burned alive.

At least 21 of those killed were South Africans, the government announced this week, though officials have not provided an explanation for why they were targeted.

It was also unclear whether any of them were South African citizens of foreign origin.

A government spokesman said Thursday that up to 22 of those killed had yet to be identified, while other victims included 11 Mozambicans, five Zimbabweans and three Somalis.

The attacks caused many immigrants to flee to their home countries, while others first took shelter in police stations and community centers -- where a significant number remain -- before being moved to camps that currently house some 30,000 people.

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