Controversial former University of the Witwatersrand SRC president Mcebo Dlamini was denied bail in .
Infuriated residents of the Chris Hani informal settlement in Umlazi township, south of Durban, went on the rampage and set alight a house and shack believed to be a hiding place for criminals.
One of the dwellings was a shack rented by a 45-year-old widow, Busisiwe Mkhize, and her five children.
They all escaped unharmed during the attacks.
Residents were angered after one of their neighbours lost her television set. They believed that Mkhize's eldest son and his friends were responsible for the break-ins in the area.
Mkhize's daughter, Lungile, said more than a 100 toyi-toying people came to their home.
"They searched the house but couldn't find anything," Lungile said. "My little brother was sleeping on the bed they set alight."
Lungile said all she could save from the burning house was her identity document.
"We have nothing to do with my brother's behaviour, she said. "We don't know why we are being associated with his actions.
Mkhize said: "I left my home because of my son's behaviour.
"He was living with his friends in the main house after we left him.
"Everything in my house and the rented one-room shack was burnt to ashes. We have no clothes, food or place to sleep."
The family claimed that the local development committee had something to do with the burning of their home.
Local councillor Sithenjwa Nyawose said: "We always advise people to contact the police if they suspect any criminal activities. People should not take the law into their own hands. We do not support any kind of vigilantism in the area."
Development committee secretary Mareh Sokhela said: "We had nothing to do with what happened. We had a meeting earlier and went back to our homes after that."
The police are investigating a case of arson.