Masiphumelele residents stand by their leader

Lubababalo Vellem was taken into custody several weeks ago and his arrest sparked violent protests.

Scores of Masiphumelele residents have flanked the Glencairn Express way as they make their way to the court to show their support for Lubababalo Vellem. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The case against a Masiphumelele community leader arrested for a series of mob justice attacks will resume in the Simons Town Magistrates Court this morning.

Lubababalo Vellem was taken into custody several weeks ago and his arrest sparked violent protests.

Scores of residents this morning flanked the Glencairn Expressway as they make their way to the court to show their support for Vellem.

The group were under the watchful eye of police.

During a court appearance on Friday, Vellem was described as the ring leader behind the mob justice attacks in Masiphumelele.

He's been charged with murder, attempted murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and public violence.

The state is opposing Vellem's bail application.

Meanwhile, the entrance to the court has already been cordoned off with police tape as supporters start to gather.