The family of the person killed after being stoned and set alight in a mob attack in Diepsloot north west of Johannesburg overnight has identified him as Elvis Nyati from Zimbabwe.
Police say officers have been getting statements from witnesses of the attack.
Police spokesperson Brenda Muridili says, “Reports that we’re getting from witnesses is that there’s a small group of people that went from door to door and then when they got to this house, this young man just ran out of the house and they chased him and unfortunately he was killed. As soon as the police got that information, they rushed to the scene but when they got there, the people had already been dispersed.”
Police say 24 undocumented foreign nationals have been arrested in a separate incident in the area.
Residents of Diepsloot have embarked on a protest over escalating crime.
They have barricaded roads with burning tyres. This after at least seventeen people were shot dead and 14 others wounded recently.
On Tuesday, community members went to the police station to hand over a memorandum in which they demanded more police visibility in the troubled township.
On Wednesday, Police Minister Bheki Cele visited Diepsloot and promised residents that there was going to be strong police visibility in the area.
Police Minister Cele addresses the Diepsloot community:
However, that did not deter residents from taking the law into their own hands.
The situation Diepsloot remains tense.