Alex man dies for 'arson'
Alex man dies after being attacked for 'arson' following shack fire
Johannesburg police are investigating a case of murder following the death of a man who was assaulted by Alexandra community members who had accused him of arson.
According to police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo, the man was assaulted by the community on Thursday, after a fire ravaged more than 600 shacks in the township.
“The person is alleged to have started the fire. He was attacked by the community and taken to hospital, where he later died.”
Masondo said police had opened a case of murder and were appealing for help in identifying those responsible for the man’s death.
He said police were also investigating the cause of the fire.
“No one has come forward with information on what or who started the fire. Once we get an official statement on the cause of the fire, we will open a case of arson,” Masondo said.