Six people alleged to be criminals operating in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, have been killed by angry community members.
The men were accused of being part of a group of criminals terrorising the area, and were allegedly found in possession of stolen goods by members of the public.
The police’s Kay Makhubele says the men were beaten to death before being set alight by residents.
“We are condemning such incidents and calling to the community that if they suspect that there are people who are suspected to be criminals to call the police so that they’re arrested rather than to take the law into their own hands. We are continuing with the investigation of the murders.”