A man will not forget for his lifetime what residents of a town in South Africa force him to do. The 33-year-old Alley Zitha was caught red-handed stealing from a house and was caught by the residents.
They gave the thief a choice to eat his faeces and wash it down with his urine or be beaten to death. He chose the former. According to reporters, the man squatted down in front of the crowd and took a dump. Making himself comfortable on the hard ground, he stuffed his mouth with his own excrement as tears ran down his face.
Then the residents watched as he gulped down his own urine. Though he vomited while eating his own faeces, because of the crowd, he continued until he finished it.
“This was worse than any beating I have ever endured. I will never steal again. That’s a promise,”
said Alley from Rondos, near Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga.
He said he was grateful to walk home alive and unharmed.
“I had been caught stealing and beaten before, and I still went on to steal again, even before my wounds had healed,”
Alley was allegedly caught last Monday evening after breaking into a house. The family had gone to visit a relative in hospital at the time.
The home owner, who did not want to be named, told Daily Sun:
“We returned early and we found him searching for valuables. The TV and laptops were already on the floor. I called my sons and some of our neighbours and he was caught.”
Alley confessed to breaking into several houses in the area, selling his loot in Mkhuhlu. He begged residents not to call the cops as he was out on bail.
“The angry residents wanted to beat him to a pulp, but then changed their minds and gave him the tough choice,”
said the home owner.
According to the residents, their actions were intended to send a clear message to criminals that they would be dealt with harshly.
Calcutta police spokesman Captain Phillip Fakude said residents should refrain from taking the law into their own hands, adding that what they did to the suspect was inhuman.