A Bulawayo man was allegedly beaten to death by till operators from a local supermarket who accused him of stealing a Mazoe orange crush drink.

Mutuma Mbewe (22) of Old Pumula was allegedly fatally assaulted by Thabo Dube (19) , Pride Magutshwa (23) and Ngonidzashe Mukonyora (29) who had effected a citizen arrest.

The trio are till operators at Hamara supermarket in Pumula East where the Mazoe was allegedly stolen.

They assaulted the deceased before surrendering him to the police when he complained of abdominal pains. He was taken to Mpilo Hospital where he died.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele said: “On November 17 at 9:30 am, the trio were at work when Mbewe entered Hamara shop and took 2×2 litres of Mazoe Orange crush drink and hid them in his jacket.”

He was apprehended by the till operators who went on to beat him up.