CHIP SNADDON was born in Estcourt (KZN) in 1964 and went to Hilton College where he matriculated in 1982. But it would be in Cape Town where he'd cut his…>

'Ring of Shame':
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© Chip | Mar 27, 2012 | Cape Argus

Ring of Shame

The barbaric killing of three suspected thieves, by placing fuel doused tyres around their necks and lighting them, recalls some of our darkest memories of street justice during the apartheid era. The practice is as indicative of people's frustration with an ineffective justice system, as it is of their own disregard for the law.

It's a disturbing truth that the meaning of the word necklace, in this context, is listed in dictionaries as a term particular to South Africa:

necklace |?neklis|
1 an ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn around the neck.
2 (chiefly in South Africa) a tire doused or filled with gasoline, placed around a victim's neck, and set on fire.
verb [ trans. ]
(chiefly in South Africa) kill (someone) with a tire necklace.