The video of the execution of the suspects went viral and divided the opinions of users.
The owner of a liquor store in South Africa caught thieves who robbed his outlet a few days earlier and forced them on camera to drink the liquor they had stolen, writes Citizen Digital. The corresponding video was posted online and has already gone viral.
According to local media, when the suspects were caught red-handed after finding boxes of alcohol in their possession, they were given the choice of either immediately drinking all the stolen alcohol or facing “umfakati,” a local term for local justice that can sometimes take violent forms. .
A video published on the Internet shows three men drinking alcohol straight from bottles, while several people are watching them with whips and sticks, forcing them to actively consume the stolen goods.
Traces of beatings are visible on the face of one of the suspects.
The opinions of users who watched the video were divided. Some support this form of punishment as a gentler alternative to jungle justice, while others express concerns about potential health risks. In particular, they emphasize that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to poisoning and even death.
“If they survive the alcohol, there’s a chance they’ll suffer long-term complications.” “Community service is all fun and games until these guys die from alcohol poisoning. Shopkeepers are now being arrested for manslaughter. It’s easier to just call them to the police! It’s just sad!”, “They drink a bottle of pure whiskey, without ice, straight from the bottle, under sharp beatings from men with sticks. They will either go home forever, or their life will change forever,” they write in the comments.
This alcohol theft is not the most sensational. In 2020, at the height of Covid-19, a daring group of thieves dug a tunnel under a popular South African liquor store, managing to break through the concrete floor and steal alcohol. The thieves stole whiskey, brandy, gin, cider, vodka and beer with an estimated value of R300,000 ($16,000).
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