Tembisa South SAPS received information about a man who was being assaulted by the community at Esiphethweni Section on February 4 at about 6 am.
Upon the police’s arrival on the scene, they found an African male lying on the ground, severely beaten.
“The community was angry and wanted to assault him further. The police pleaded with them not to take the law into their own hands,” said Captain Manyadza Ralidzivha, communication officer of the Tembisa SAPS.
Ralidzivha added while the police were waiting for an ambulance, a woman came to the scene.
“She identified him as the person who raped her in November 2017. She further told the police that she had opened a case of rape at Norkem Park SAPS. The unknown man was taken to Tembisa Hospital by an ambulance for further treatment where he later died. No one has been arrested. The police investigation continues,” added Ralidzivha.
He said the police are appealing to members of the community not to take the law into their own hands.
“To assault a suspect is a criminal offence. It is good for a community to make a citizen arrest but don’t spoil the broth by assaulting them,” said Ralidzivha.