In a shocking 70-second video of the incident, which has gone viral on social media, three men are seen dragging and shoving the barefoot skollie, who is dressed in a blue vest and blue jeans.
From a heap of broken concrete blocks on the pavement, men involved in the attack gather the bricks and smash them against the head of the thief, who tries to run but stumbles in the middle of the road.
Others kick him against the head as he lay motionless and bloody, in full view of passersby and even children.
People in the background can be heard shouting: “Yoh!”
Authorities could not confirm if the man survived the attack.
Delft Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairman, Pastor Charles George says they condemn the attack in the strongest terms.
“As the Delft CPF, we do not condone this type of justice and behaviour of normal citizens. There are processes and procedures that must be adhered to in order for justice to prevail,” George explains.
“We call on Delft SAPS to investigate this matter and bring the perpetrators to book.”
Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said there’s no record of this incident.