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Police in Newcastle yesterday appealed to the community not to take the law into their own hands.
This was after a mob of about 2000 people attacked police on Monday.
Angry residents of the Siyahlala informal settlement barricaded roads and stoned police vehicles after officers had arrested two men suspected of the rape and murder of a teenager. A police officer and bystander were injured in the attack.
The community wanted to deal with the suspects themselves and became angry when police arrested the two men. Police spokesman Captain Shooz Magudulela said police received a tip-off that the community was mobilising to attack the suspects.
"When police arrested the men an aggressive mob demanded the two suspects be left in their hands to skin them alive. They started throwing stones at police and damaged our vehicles. They also marched on the police station," he said.
Resident Thembeka Dlamini said: "We are worried at the rise in crime in our area. Our children are raped and killed. These two men deserved to die because police will release them anyway."
Magudulela said 17 people were arrested for Monday's attack. Fifteen suspects were later released on bail of R500 each.
The other two, who are teenagers, were released into the custody of their parents.