Father Beheads Daughter's Rapist: Hero or Monster?


axe tree stumpThe question about the "rightness" of vigilante revenge definitely comes up after a father, an ex-South Africa rugby star, went on what looks to be a revenge killing spree, using an axe to murder three men he believes gang raped his daughter and gave her HIV. One of the victims' heads was found a mile away from his body. One of the two other men, also killed by axe, was nearly decapitated as well.

For anyone who has a daughter or a child, it seems a rightly served form of justice on men who would commit a heinous and violent crime against a young girl, especially leaving her to fight a deadly virus for life; however, this string of violence at the hands of a rage-filled father also reminds us to consider that taking the law into our own hands might not always work out how it should.

First of all, there is the matter of the gang rape, which is still alleged. It doesn't sound like anyone was picked up, arrested, or charged for the crime. Not suggesting the rape didn't happen. Not at all. If it was my kid who was raped, I'd have no problem taking her word for it. I could see many, many people immediately going after the rapists named by their own daughter.

But what if this father killed the wrong guys? What if, in an impassioned and murderous rampage, he hacked up someone he thought to be one of the rapists, and what if he was wrong? Then the story isn't so heroic anymore, is it? That's the purpose the courts and DNA tests and finger pointing in a courtroom serve. Everything else aside, you want to get the right guys. However, this is what we don't know when a person goes after people without the law behind him.

The father is due in court tomorrow, where he will face three charges of murder and one of attempted murder for a fourth alleged victim who escaped. He is accused of stalking his victims over several days before hacking them to death with an axe.

Do you think this dad did the right thing or should he have stayed on the side of the law?

EDITED on 4/1/11: More facts about this case have since been released, revealing a horrifying twist. Read our follow-up story about this man, now identified as Joseph Ntshongwana, and his crimes.

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juneb... junebaby11

i can honestly see why he did it, hopefully he wasnt wrong in the people he killed. I dont believe in doing this but i know that when my daughter grows up if anyone ever did anything like that i would probably try to kill them as well. i actually feel sad for the father, he killed them but that wont make him really feel any better he will always feel 'i didnt protect my baby enough', but yes he still deserves to be in prison, he took a life, and that isnt right in any circumstance, even when we know it was an eye for an eye, he was doing what natural instinct tells us to do, i will be praying for this father and his family, may god have mercy on his soul.

nonmember avatar ch

it has been agreed upon by myself and my husband that should some1 hurt our children like that, that 1 of us is going to prison. we are to easy on crime and 2 hard on victims

nonmember avatar ch

it has been agreed upon by myself and my husband that should some1 hurt our children like that, that 1 of us is going to prison. we are to easy on crime and 2 hard on victims

butte... butterflymkm

Tough one. Was he in the wrong? Absolutely. Was it understandable? Yeah.


The news stories I read today make me sick and the sentences being handed down to these monsters makes me even sicker. Maybe if more fathers decapitated more monsters than maybe a strong message would be sent out. I think it should be the punishment in law...if it was my world...there would be more than just a missing head on a rapist!

kirynh kirynh

When you loose faith in the justice system to do the right thing, it's easy to take the law in your own hands. IMO the only thing the father did wrong was he didn't hide the bodies

angev... angevil53

i would have poisoned them, less bloody. but men are brutes, no one will mess with his daughters again i'll be willing to bet. i hope he gets an insanity plea, he was blinded by the rage of someone hurting his child and possibly suffering from ptsd.

nmmama09 nmmama09

What previous posters said. If there were more of a fear of getting their heads chopped off, maybe there wouldn't be so many rapes.

JessL... JessLogansMommy

I don't necessarily think it was the "right" thing to do, but i could see myself looking the other way if I was on that jury

nonmember avatar CharlieSeattle

Justifiable homicide. The father knew the rapists would get probation and time served so it was time for serious payback.

Are the heads on a stake somewhere where I take a picture? If so, attach info as a comment.

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