Former heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Chingangu, who, according to Zambezi Reporters, fought the likes of Vladimir Klitschkov for titles in his heyday, was apprehended by students at UNZA, Zambia for allegedly stealing laptops and the students metted mob justice on him.
Police Spokesman Rae Hamoonga said Chingangu aged 48 aged of unknown House number was yesterday at unknown time but between 21:00 hours and 22:00 Hours badly beaten by students at University of Zambia.
“It is alleged that the victim wanted to steal a laptop from a student as he was standing by the window of the hostel and attempted to get it through the window and that’s how the mob of students descended on him. He is currently admitted to Levy Mwanawasa Hospital,” Mr Hamoonga said.
“We would like to warn members of the public who are in the habit of engaging in mob justice that it is a crime and the long arm of the law shall surely catch up with them.”
Earlier this year, the ex-boxing maestro was arrested for burglary and aggravated robbery. He was seen on camera stealing from a home and is also suspected to be in possession of a stolen vehicle.
According to Zambia Reports, police charged Chingangu with theft of motor vehicle, housebreaking and burglary. Reports gathered indicate Chingangu was captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) breaking into a house and stealing K6,000, US$200, a 51-inch television set, 2 phones, shoes and clothes.
However, he was discharged by the Lusaka Magistrates Court after witnesses who were Chinese nationals failed to testify against him.
Chingangu at the height of his boxing career briefly stayed in the USA and fought Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Klitschko in 1990 and lost.