Cape Town - Angry residents of Lingelethu near Malmesbury demonstrated outside the magistrate’s court in the town on Thursday after a pupil was held at Pollsmoor Prison for seven days, charged with public violence.
Masixole Poswa, 18, has been released on a warning.
He was arrested after Lingelethu residents clashed with police on October 8 when a suspected criminal, Melikhaya Dyasi, 29, they accused of terrorising the community was released from police custody. Dyasi was hunted down by an angry mob and burnt to death in Lingelethu the same day.
Poswa, who is a Grade 10 pupil at Lingelethu High School, was arrested on a public violence charge after being identified as one of the residents who clashed with police.
Malmesbury police spokesman Henry du Rand confirmed that Dyasi had a list of pending cases, including murder, robbery and assault.