DURBAN – Community members in Umlazi went on the rampage on Sunday following a mass shooting that left four people dead and eight more injured.
A crowd gathered at the house where a family was attacked by armed men on Friday after they had attacked a local tavern. A mother and her three children were among the dead and a woman was raped.
Members of the community said they were tired of "drug dealers and violence in the area".
The local police arrived to disperse the crowd of angry residents who were unhappy about the police's presence.
Police believe three houses were burnt and a 14-year-old was kidnapped in retaliation to Friday night's attacks.
It is believed that police killed one of the assailants during the attack but the others fled the scene. The Social Development Department is offering counselling to the victims.