Two of his friends, aged 20 and 25, were severely assaulted in the attack on Saturday, said Captain Tessa Jansen.
The three men were walking in extension one at 6pm when a man accosted them, she said.
“The South African man accused one of the three Zimbabweans of having robbed him of money in the past two weeks,” she said.
“He then shouted and called for back up from the other residents.
“The residents came in big numbers and took the three men to a shack nearby, where they assaulted all of them with fists and everything they could lay their hands on.”.
Jansen said the police were called by another concerned member of the community.
“When the police arrived at the scene, the crowd quickly dispersed and no one was arrested.
“But the man who was accused of robbery was already dead.
“His two friends were rushed to Tembisa Hospital in a serious condition.”
No arrests had yet been made.