Plett protest over mob killing arrests
Plettenberg Bay - About 300 people protested outside the Plettenberg Bay police station on Wednesday morning and demanded the release of two men accused of killing an alleged child murderer, Western Cape police said.
The crowd gathered outside the station around 04:00 before moving to the nearby Cuba Street, Captain Malcolm Pojie said.
"Police had to use stun grenades to disperse the protesters after they started burning tyres on the street. The situation is now under control and police are still patrolling," he said.
The men were arrested at their homes in Kwanokuthula on Tuesday night following the mob killing of Derrick Schwati, 37.
Pojie said about 2 000 people interrogated him on Monday afternoon about a missing 7-year-old girl, Siphokazi Nini. He then led them to a deserted area.
"He allegedly pointed out Nini's body, who was reported missing on Sunday evening. The mob attacked Schwati, pelting him with stones and other objects until he died," Pojie said.
Nini went missing on Sunday morning.
"When her grandparents woke up at 06:00, they discovered the girl was gone."
Pojie said the two men had not been charged yet, but would appear in court soon.