Mob blocks road, threatens more chaos

2014-10-13 00:00

MAYHEM continued in Copesville over the weekend as angry residents barricaded the main road with burning tyres, stones and even trees.

They closed off Old Greytown Road, threatening it was a warning of more things to come if a group of 15 people arrested after last week’s vigilante attack, were not released. They were denied bail at their last court appearance.

The group is accused of hauling two men who they suspected of committing crime in the area, out of their homes, before beating them and setting them alight.

Yesterday, the angry crowd stoned vehicles that attempted to pass the area. Traffic was diverted to New Greytown Road until around 3 pm, when the road was cleared.

At least two houses were set alight by the mob at the weekend.

One resident told The Witness the mob wanted to set alight a man suspected of committing crime in the area. Another said they are not happy with how the police handled the situation.

“They arrest them [suspects] today and the following day they are out. They commit crime in the area and that is why the community is taking law into their hands,” he said.

A resident ordered a Witness reporter to leave the area because it is “not safe”.

Community members did not want to be identified for fear of victimisation.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said no arrests have been made yesterday.

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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