Two teenage boys died in Extension 4, eMbalenhle, on Sunday afternoon after a passerby stabbed them.
According to Lt. Bettina Zondo, the boys and two friends were sent to a tavern to buy beer.
On their way back, an unknown man stopped them and demanded the beer.
When they refused, he began stabbing them with a knife.
While the man was stabbing them, one of the boys’ fathers arrived and he was also stabbed.
The community saw what was happening and began assaulting the man.
The police arrived at the scene and tried to protect the man from the mob.
However, the police were outnumbered by the community and shots were fired.
A 15-year-old girl was shot in the process.
She sustained a bullet wound to her hip and she was taken to hospital where she is recovering.
Policemen were also assaulted and a state vehicle was damaged in the process.
The two boys who died were taken to Evander Hospital and a clinic respectively where they died due to their injuries.
The other two boys and the father were also taken to Evander Hospital.
The suspect is also in hospital and the police are investigating cases of murder, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.
No arrests have yet been made as the suspect is still in hospital.