Story By: Alex Cope, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT
Video Credit: CEN / @crimeairnetwork
This is the shocking moment a suspected thief set on fire by an angry mob desperately runs around before collapsing and crawling on the ground as he tries and fails to put out the flames engulfing his whole body.
The disturbing scenes were recorded in the Hillbrow area of the city of Johannesburg in South Africa’s Gauteng Province after local residents accused two men of having stolen a woman’s handbag.
Local police Captain Kay Makhubele told reporters residents had chased after the two men and “applied mob justice”.
Picture Credits: CEN
In the video, one of the suspects can be seen crawling along a pavement with his whole body on fire as a crowd watches on.
The man rolls on the ground to try and put the flames out before running into the middle of the road and lying on the ground.
An onlooker throws what appears to be a piece of board onto the burning man as he lies in the middle of the road still on fire.
Local media report both suspected thieves were set on fire and one of them died after being taken to hospital. The other man reportedly remains in hospital in a serious condition.
It is unclear if the man in the video is the suspected thief who later died or not. Neither man has been named in reports.
A police investigation has been launched into the murder and attempted murder but no arrests have been reported.