A man was severely beaten by a mob in Harare on Monday after he was caught attempting to drive off in a VX V8 Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to a senior government official.
The government official, James Jonga, who works for the District Development Fund (DDF), had gone into a bank at corner Simon Muzenda and Central Avenue around midday.
The suspected thief, identified as Blessing Taruvinga, was caught opening the driver’s front door of the government official’s vehicle.
Mob justice was quickly meted out on him as a crowd that has gathered thoroughly beat him up.
One of the man in the crowd was heard shouting:
Rakazara maronda muviri wese, mapanga oga oga (Look at him, he has some knife scars all over his body) and does not even have a US dollar in his pocket, how much do you sell your vehicles?
On his return, Jonga told NewZimbabwe.com what transpired as soon as he was gone. He said:
I went into the bank and left a colleague in the other car. The suspect got into my car but my assistant was in the car jumped on him and wrestled with him. The scuffle attracted attention from the public leading to his arrest.