Malawi police late Wednesday afternoon rescued a suspect from mob justice in Limbe, Blantyre.
Angry people, mainly vendors wanted to torch him and but the police came to his rescue and whisked him away.
The man–in his late 20s–was reportedly caught attempting to steal a car–Toyota Platz registration number SA 382.
The car, which was parked near Kapenga Butchery along Churchill Road in Limbe, Malawi’s commercial Blantyre, belongs to businessman Muhammad Ashraf.
According to witnesses, the suspect unlocked the car and perched himself at the drivers seat and nearly drove off when some people, conversant with the car and the owner, rushed to smoke him out of the car.
His accomplices managed to escape with some valuables that were left in the car.
The vendors apparently did not bother to chase the other men, but resolved to torch him to deter other criminals terrorizing the commercial capital.
“Awotchedwe ameneyo! Anthu amenewa akusowetsa anthu mtendere (let’s just torch him),” shouted one vender while severely beating the suspect.
As some vendors were vehemently calling for some fuel and used motor vehicle tyres with which to burn the suspect, some law enforces, armed with rifles, inadvertently arrived at the scene and managed to pacify situation before they whisked him.