11 bust for attacking 'criminals'

Eleven people who were part of a mob that attacked two men believed to be criminals were arrested, Eastern Cape police said.

Eleven people who were part of a mob that attacked two men believed to be criminals were arrested, Eastern Cape police said.

The mob in Duncan Village began assaulting and stoning the two men on Sunday at about 1pm, Captain Steven Marais said. The situation turned uglier when police attempted to disperse the crowd.

"The crowd of about 3000 threw stones. Police had to use rubber bullets and stun grenades," Marais said.

The mob was believed to be organised by local gangsters to take out their rivals under the pretence of community protection.

"Gangsters are forming their own street patrols and use the community that patrols with them as a cover. These gangsters are taking each other other out," Marais said.

Of the eleven mob members who were arrested, the oldest was aged 60 and the youngest is allegedly 16.

One of the mob's victims was wanted for a case of attempted murder.

Five people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

One was hit by a stone that was thrown at police and the other four were injured in the fracas that followed the police's attempts to disperse the rowdy mob. - Sapa

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