Police were pelted with stones by residents in Kensington over the weekend when they tried to arrest a well-known gang member after they found him with an illegal firearm.
Reports quoted police spokesperson FC van Wyk as saying they saw the gangster with a firearm and when they tried to arrest him, he started screaming for help.
“The well-known suspect was apprehended and the firearm confiscated. However, during the process, the suspect immediately started calling out for help, and approximately 30 unknown members of the community came out of their homes and threatened to shoot the police members if the suspect is not released.
“The community members began throwing stones at police and the vehicles, thereby aiding and abetting the gunman to escape…,” IOL quoted Van Wyk as saying.
A News24 report said that the firearm confiscated from the suspect was linked to a criminal case in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
Police said no shots were fired and no further arrests were made.