About 50 residents of Greenfields in Booysen Park yesterday demanded the release of seven community leaders facing charges for a mob justice assault in which two people were killed in the suburb in 2013.
The residents were picketing outside the Port Elizabeth High Court when the case started.
Decked out in EFF party colours, they said the seven men arrested for the murder of two alleged gang members were innocent and that some were simply negotiating with the police on behalf of the community when they were arrested.
They said a crowd of about 500 people carried out the mob justice as police had failed to investigate members of the Big Naz Gang that were robbing people at gunpoint in the area.
An EFF leader said he believed there was a political motive behind the arrest of the seven.
– Lee-Anne Butler
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