A mob of over 100 people laid siege to a police station in rural South Africa, eventually locking six officers inside, according to reports.
Villagers stormed the Tyefu police station in the Eastern Cape province on Sunday, with protesters voicing frustration over lack of law enforcement amid rampant crime in the area.
“Crime is rife here in Kwa Ndwayana, Qamnyana and Dlambe villages. Our police officers, who are paid with our public money, dose off and leave us to fight criminals ourselves,” a resident told News 24.
“Enough is enough. Every weekend there is an incident here, armed robberies are out of control. We are tired of useless and unreliable police officers.”
The man explained that villagers are fed up with “slow response times and excuses of unavailability of vehicles from local police stations.”
Four suspects were later arrested and face charges including ‘public violence’ and violation of COVID lockdown mandates.
“This office confirms that indeed a group of community members, who are believed to have been concerned with services delivery, stormed Tyefu police station demanding that police vacate the station,” a police spokesman said.
“During the said protest, the property of the station, which included the flag poles, was damaged. They are also alleged to have closed the police station with padlocks and thereafter left to gather in the local community hall.”
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