Johannesburg - A man was castrated and beaten to death, allegedly by community members, following a gang rape of two girls, aged 14 and 18, by three men at an informal settlement in Ivory Park in MIdrand, Johannesburg late on Saturday night, Gauteng police said.
Police were following leads to arrest the two other suspects who managed to escape from the community members as they tried to apprehend the men at the scene of the crime, Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said on Sunday.
A murder case had been opened in connection with the death of the alleged rapist, but no arrests had yet been made, he said.
Allegations were that the two girls walking to Lindokuhle informal settlement were confronted by three men armed with a knife and a firearm. The men then raped them repeatedly.
''A member of the public who saw the incident alerted the community who came out and confronted the alleged rapists. Two of the suspects managed to escape and the other was caught and allegedly killed by members of the community at the scene,'' Dlamini said.