Johannesburg - A sex worker's life was spared after a marauding mob burnt her house on Monday morning.
The house is situated along Silverwright Street in Krugersdorp on the West Rand and it was set alight when an anti-crime protest turned violent.
The young woman who was wearing only a T-shirt and underwear left the house with her trousers in her hands shortly after the protestors attacked it.
As she put on the trousers she was hit on her head with a stick. Although she was bleeding she refused to be taken to the hospital.
Protesters from various communities including Kagiso and Munsieville broke the windows of several houses before taking aim at the one known to "house prostitutes" along the street.
The houses are allegedly owned by Nigerians.
Speaking to The Star shortly after the attack, the woman said: "I know nothing about prostitutes. This house is a safe haven for young girls who are rescued from operating as prostitutes for Nigerians.
"Now we have nowhere to sleep because of this," she said.
Protesters also blocked all main roads with rocks, burning tree trunks and tyres. People were unable to get to work while children were also barred from going to school. Hollandia Bottle Store and Supermarket were broken into and looted.
The Star photographer Nokuthula Mbatha was threatened with a gun by one of the protesters for taking pictures of the protests. He also demanded a R50 bribe.
"We are fighting for our children. We are fighting for our rights," the protesters chanted.
Police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
The situation remains tense.