Cape Town - A house allegedly belonging to the man accused of raping and killing 19-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana has been set alight by angry residents in Khayelitsha.
Video footage of a house on fire while community members dance and singing struggle songs has been widely shared on social media but it could not be confirmed that the dwelling belonged to the accused. It was also unclear whether there were any people inside the house at the time of the fire.
According to Jermaine Carelse of the City's Fire & Rescue Service, members of the unit responded to a dwelling alight in I Section, Khayelitsha.
"At 19:25 this evening the City's Fire & Rescue responded to a dwelling alight in Khayelitsha. Three firefighting appliances and a rescue vehicle with a total of 14 staff members were dispatched.
"Upon arrival of the first appliance from Khayelitsha Fire the crew was confronted by an extremely volatile crowd. They feared for their lives and withdrew whilst the crowd banged on the vehicle.