Diepsloot residents stormed the police station this morning demanding officers hand over the man accused of killing a cop last week.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, this call is then attributed to the murder of Detective Captain Oupa Matjie, who was fatally shot while in pursuit of suspects last Friday in Diepsloot.
The community believes foreign nationals in the area committed the crime.
Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela urged the community to be mindful of the law and due processes.
“The arrest of the suspect who allegedly shot and killed Captain Matjie, came after collaboration between the community and the police,” said Mawela.
He added that it was therefore important that the suspect's appearance before court be secured.
“It should not be jeopardised in any manner, so that the suspect faces the full might of the law,” Mawela said.
The person is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
However there are varying reports on the reason for the protest action. These include better service delivery demands as well as protests against high levels of crime and the number of foreign nationals in the area.