Protesters block off Masiphumelele roads with burning tyres

The protest is apparently linked to the court appearance of residents arrested for alleged vigilante killings.

A protest has erupted along Kommetjie Road at Masiphumelele township this morning. Picture: @Louise_Marsland via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Some roads around the Masiphumelele township near Fish Hoek have been closed this morning due to protesters burning tyres.

The area has been volatile over the past few weeks.

It's believed this morning's chaos is linked to today's court appearance of a group of residents who were arrested in connection to a vigilante killing.

The Ocean View Community Policing Forum's Kathy Cronje said, "Tyres are burning across Kommetjie Road outside Masiphumelele. Apparently, the protesters are blocking all entrances into the township. The angry crowds at the entrance threw rocks at us and chased us out when we approached them."


Police confirmed two people were killed by alleged vigilante attacks while two other deaths are still under investigation.

The victims of the alleged vigilante attacks were accused of rape, drug dealing and theft.

Residents said the lack of adequate policing has driven them to take the law into their own hands.

It's believed the mob killed a man thought to be behind the death and rape of 15-year-old Amani Pula.

During a separate incident, a 32-year-old was allegedly beaten and set alight by angry residents in retaliation for the rape of a woman.

Police are working around the clock to restore calm following a spate of attacks.

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