"Necklacing" is an innocuous term for a horrible method of execution. It reportedly was first used in black communities in South Africa in 1985.



(1) A live victim is bound.

(2) A car tire is placed around the neck and/or shoulders.

(3) The tire is filled with gasoline (petrol).

(4) The tire and gasoline are set on fire.

(5) The person dies an agonizing death over about 20 minutes.


This has to be distinguished from burning of a body after being killed by other means.


It may be used to punish:

(1) theft or other crime

(2) collaboration

(3) membership in a certain group


Sometimes this is done in front of the media to broadcast a message.


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