Fed-up Rosettenville locals carry out and set alight furniture from alleged drug dens, brothels

2017-02-05 22:04
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Fed-up Rosettenville residents on Sunday took to the streets and forced their way into homes they believed to be used for drug dealing and prostitution, carrying out the furniture and setting it alight.

Household goods were carried out of four houses and destroyed between 10:00 and 13:30 before police managed to get the crowd to disperse, Captain Mavela Masondo told News24.

None of the homeowners have laid any criminal charges, but police are investigating incidents of malicious damage to property and public violence.

No injuries were reported.

Masondo said authorities remained on scene in case the residents regrouped.

He urged locals to not resort to public violence and to take their complaints to the police.

“People are not supposed to take the law into their own hands – this constitutes a criminal offence,” Masondo warned.

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