27 Jul '11, 4am

Necklacing - putting tyre around victim's neck, dousing him in petrol & setting him ablaze - a problem in S.Africa

PORT ELIZABETH (South Africa) - IT WAS one crime too many for New Brighton. Two men broke into an elderly woman's home, stole her television, and then stabbed her tenant to death when he tried to protect her. So the next morning, neighbours tracked down the thieves, put tyres around their necks, doused them with petrol and set them ablaze, an execution method known as 'necklacing'. 'These boys had been causing problems in the community for a long time. They terrorised us,' said one resident of the township in South Africa's industrial city of Port Elizabeth. 'People were shouting, emotions were high. Everything happened all at once,' he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'I just saw tyres being put around their necks, petrol was poured and they were set alight. When they were burning people were shouting all sort of insults and then it was done... The whole thing wa...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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