A South African man suspected of stealing a mobile phone from a woman was stoned to death by a mob Monday in the northern town of Polokwane, police said.
“The community rushed to help the screaming woman. The man was caught and beaten with stones,” police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told the national news agency SAPA.
“He was still covered with stones and various other things the mob used to beat him,” he said, adding that a murder investigation has been opened.
Cases of mob justice in crime-ridden South Africa are common, where an average of 43 people are killed every day.
Police estimate that five percent of those killings are acts of vigilante justice.
[A woman looks at her mobile phone in a Cape Town cafe. AFP Photo/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA]
Deval Patrick considering a last-minute presidential bid: report
Yet another Democrat is considering a late entry into the 2020 presidential campaign.
"Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has told Democratic officials that he is considering making a last-minute entry into the 2020 presidential race, according to two Democrats with knowledge of the conversations, the latest evidence of how unsettled the party’s presidential primary is less than three months before the Iowa caucuses," The New York Times reported Monday.
Mick Mulvaney needs to get a lawyer: CNN’s Jim Acosta
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney needs to hire a lawyer separately from the White House counsel, following new reports that the attorney for former National Security Adviser John Bolton is rejecting a legal alliance with him.
"There are reports that Mulvaney was sort of on thin ice as a result of that disastrous press briefing that he gave a couple of weeks ago," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Why does he need a private attorney, why isn't he represented by the White House counsel?"
Uber chief walks back comment about murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi
Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi apologized on Monday after he called the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in which Riyadh admitted responsibility, a "mistake."
"There's no forgiving or forgetting what happened to Jamal Khashoggi & I was wrong to call it a 'mistake,'" Khosrowshahi tweeted Monday morning as he walked back his remarks Sunday in an interview with Axios.
"I said something in the moment I don't believe. Our investors have long known my views here & I'm sorry I wasn’t as clear on Axios."
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was strangled and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, prompting harsh criticism of the country and de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.