Two men were beaten to death by an angry mob for allegedly robbing a supermarket in the Mbombo region, Eastern Cape police said.

Johannesburg - A 75-year-old man was found murdered in his Weltevreden Park home in Roodepoort, hours after he failed to fetch his grandchildren from school, Beeld reported on Friday.

Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs said Derek Cornelius's daughter, Lindsay, went to his house on Wednesday afternoon and found her father's body in his bedroom.

“He always fetched the children from school. She became suspicious and worried when he failed to arrive, so she went to his house.”

Jacobs said it looked as though Cornelius had been beaten to death, but autopsy results would reveal more details.

“There were no signs of forced entry, but two cellphones and an XBox had been stolen.”

Cornelius's neighbours said there had been a surge in crime in their area, and that residents were very concerned, even though they had increased community policing efforts.

Robert Perry, who lived about 2km from Cornelius, said his home had been broken into on Thursday, and that police had apprehended two suspects. - Sapa