Sometime on Thursday morning, this past week, 18 year old Loyiso Ziqubu decided to go jogging. He was on holiday and, as an aspiring athlete who played soccer for his school and a local team, Loyiso made sure that he stayed fit. It was a beautiful morning (Cape Town’s had a week of crisp, clear days) and he set out to make the most of it.
Somewhere along his route, Loyiso intersected with a group of Montclair residents who were chasing a suspected robber. We know now that they weren’t aiming to apprehend the suspect and perform a citizen’s arrest. How do we know?
Because they assumed Loyiso was the suspect: his body was found along the Mandalay railway line with multiple injuries to his body and face, and stab wounds to his neck. A cruel and unusual death penalty was exacted upon an untried and incorrect suspect.
How much does Loyiso’s life matter?
Enough for us all to start talking about how this isn’t the way to go – enough for us to start asking questions about why people don’t call the police.
Enough for us to start teaching our kids and ourselves why trials, presumed innocence and fair judgements aren’t just for politicians and famous people.
And mostly, enough for us to start focusing on our own backyard. Here’s the report: http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/jogging-pupil-murdered-by-vigilantes-1.1873970#.VYU3J_mqqkp