Oct 8, 2007
Hearse thieves bring corpse on a pub crawl
Two South African men were arrested in Soweto after allegedly
going on a drinking spree in a stolen hearse with a body in
They were nabbed after the hearse ran out of petrol at 3 o'clock
on a Sunday morning and they asked three women they had met
in a drinkintg den to help push the hearse, police said.
The men allegedly went into a shebeen while intoxicated and
asked the three women to help push the car to the nearest
The men told the women they were on their way to bury the
body of a relative. But the women called a member of the Community
Policing Forum in the township of Soewto.
The hearse driver, Siphiwo Mkhize, said he had parked outside
his house to fetch money for petrol. When he came out the
vehicle was gone.
"It is a shocking thing to realise there are people who
could steal a hearse with a dead person inside," he told
The Sowetan newspaper.
"Going shebeen-hopping with a corpse takes the cake.
What kind of people are these?"
A member of the Community Policing Forum said the men appeared
to be drunk when they were arrested.