Calm restored to Inchanga as 41 are expected in court

Inchanga SACP members outside the Camperdown Magistrates Court. (Kaveel Singh, News24)
Inchanga SACP members outside the Camperdown Magistrates Court. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Durban - Police are on high alert in Inchanga as 41 people arrested on charges of public violence are expected to appear in the Camperdown Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The arrests were made on Monday after two murders, apparently perpetrated by rival political factions, rocked the community.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Shooz Magudulela described the actions of a mob on Monday as a "rampage" following the shooting death of 40-year-old Nonsikelelo Blose on Sunday.

"Members of the community went on a rampage and barricaded roads with burning tyres and logs. Five houses were torched during the violent protest action. A 38-year-old Xolani Ngcobo was attacked while at his home. He was stoned and shot dead," he said.

"Police immediately mobilised police officers from the surrounding police stations. Members from various K9 units, public order police units and tactical response teams also responded to restore calm. A total of 41 suspects were arrested for public violence and are expected to appear today in the Camperdown Magistrate's Court," Magudulela said.

He added that Blose's murder is being investigated by the Hawks and that two people had already been arrested.

"The situation is currently calm and police are monitoring the area. We are appealing for any person who may have information which could lead to the arrest of suspects for murder to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111."

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