The touching story of Khosi Khumalo, 30 and his ex-girlfriend is yet another indication that jungle justice is still deeply rooted in African countries.
Khumalo had set out for the day and subsequently met his ex-girlfriend in a place close to a KwaZulu-Natal taxi rank in Richard’s Bay.
Reports had it that while the two were discussing, an argument ensued between them and he suddenly brought out a knife and stabbed his girlfriend four times on her body in full view of commuters at the taxi rank.
In the blink of an eye, commuters at the taxi rank rushed to the aid of the bleeding woman and also held down Khumalo for the act. Reports had it that Khumalo was mercilessly beaten by the commuters to the extent that he lost consciousness.
After Khumalo received the beating of his life, the couple was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Unfortunately for them, Khumalo died on the way to the hospital while his girlfriend made it and is recovering in the healthcare centre.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele offered us more information on the incident. He explained that the incident took place on Wednesday, around 10:40.
Mbhele added that Khumalo’s ex-lover alleged that she was stabbed because she refused to speak to Khumalo’s audience.
Weighing in on the matter, KZN acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa called on members of the public to desist from taking laws into their own hands.
He reminded the public that the “Police are there to help and arrest those who break the law. Those found performing the acts of vigilantism will be arrested and sentenced accordingly.”
Meanwhile, an investigation into the death has since commenced. The police said they are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder.
It is safe to say that jungle justice is not only a crime, it further exposes some loopholes in African countries’ law enforcement system. People taking justice into their own hands doesn’t make them right.
Jungle justice mocks human life and brings its dignity to nothing. Studies have shown that mob justice is very prevalent in sub-Saharan countries, especially in Nigeria and Cameroun.
The most famous jungle justice in Nigeria and across the globe in the recent time was the lynching of four university students in one of Nigeria’s higher institution – The University of Port Harcourt.
The incident, commonly known as “Aluu four” took place on October 5, 2012, in a community in Nigeria. The four young men – Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekena Elkanah, were necklaced and finally lynched by a group of angry mob after they were falsely accused of theft in a community called Aluu.
The crime sent shocks across the globe. But the voices of the critics across the globe couldn’t bring back the dead, neither has justice been served since then – according to Nigerian media outlets.
South Africa is not really left out in this culture. 2015 xenophobic attacks on foreigners were very much similar to this trend.
It is true that some crimes send trauma down the spines but the fact remains that nobody has the right to take another person’s life, no matter how young or old.
Stop mob justice, it pays no one!