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Residents go on the rampage after cops refuse to hand over murder suspects

Oct 30, 2017
Residents go on the rampage after cops refuse to hand over murder suspects

Mdantsane police on Monday strongly condemned the conduct of community members, who went on the rampage and ended up burning down a police van after police officers refused to hand over two suspected murderers to them so they could kill them.

"In the Newlands area, in the Vulindlela policing precinct, two suspects, aged in their thirties were arrested on Sunday in connection with two murders that took place in Newlands earlier on Monday morning," described police spokesperson, Captain Nkosikho Mzuku.

"Initial investigation by the detectives led to the swift arrest of the above suspects and they were locked at the back of the marked police bakkie."

He said that the community of Newlands demanded the release of the suspects and wanted to kill them.

"The village went on the rampage and burnt the police bakkie. Police dispersed the angry community with rubber rounds.

"The two suspects at the back of the police bakkie sustained minor burnt wounds and they were rushed to a nearby hospital," Captain Mzuku said.

"Two suspects, in their 50's, were arrested for public violence and more arrests are imminent."

Police investigation continues.

"Anyone with information on this incident should please contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Xolile Mbidlana on 082 441 9726, or the nearest police station, or the crime stop number 0860010111, or the crime line sms 32211," he added.

"The suspects are due to appear in the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of murder and public violence."