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A suspect that robbed a woman was murdered after he was apprehended by witnesses to the incident on Republic Street in Verulam this morning.

At approximately 07:55 members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene. Upon arrival the South African Police and the Provincial Ambulance were in attendance.

The body of an unidentified African male was found lying next to a vehicle in a cul-de-sac. It was established that the deceased had robbed a woman of her valuables as she left her place of work. Members of the public who witnessed the robbery pursued the suspect and apprehended him. The crowd the began assaulting the man before leaving him for dead on the roadside.

It is alleged that the deceased was a known criminal and drug user. He is believed to be behind several robberies that have occurred in the area.

No arrests relating to the murder have been made at this stage.