Protesters demand release of arson suspects

2017-03-17 12:38
Protests. (Shallcross CrimeForum, Facebook)

Protests. (Shallcross CrimeForum, Facebook)

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Durban - The arrests of two men for allegedly burning a shack owned by a man they suspected of murder sparked a fiery protest on Friday morning.

The residents of the Shallcross informal settlement took to the streets after Chatsworth police arrested the two suspects, aged 23 and 26, on Friday morning.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala told News24 that the two were arrested for arson over an incident that occurred on December 11. 

Witnesses told police that the owner of the shack had allegedly murdered someone and residents had set the home on fire.

Gwala said at about 04:00 on Friday, after the arrest of the two suspects, approximately 200 residents from the informal settlement began protesting along Chiltern and Shallcross roads.

They burnt tyres and blocked roads.

"It is alleged that the residents were angry that the suspects were arrested during the early hours of the morning and they wanted them released from police custody," she said.

The suspects will appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court soon.

Gwala said Durban public order police were on scene. 

"Protesters are still standing along the street. A case of public violence has been opened at SAPS Chatsworth," she said.

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