AS IT HAPPENED: Congolese protest in Pretoria

2016-12-20 13:50

Get the latest details as Congolese living in South Africa protest against President Joseph Kabila, who looks set to stay on despite the expiry of his mandate.

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Last Updated at 11:07
20 Dec 13:34
Many protesters have left. Buses depart for elsewhere. Some of leaders say they are staying at embassy till Kabila goes

20 Dec 13:07

Water cannon with blue dye has just pulled up in Frances Baard road near DRC embassy in Pretotia.

Protesters seem to be regrouping


20 Dec 13:03
ER24 arrives to treat injured protesters.

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Stun grenades, more bullets and screams as police disperse protesters again. Negotiators shout for them to stop

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Protester wails he doesn't have firearm.

Police prevented me from filming his arrest. He is in police car now. He was one of ring leaders - Carien du Plessis


20 Dec 12:45
Police have just arrested a protester named Cassia. Claim he had a gun but fellows said not. Police haven't searched him - Carien du Plessis 

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Crowds taunting as police push them back.

Protesters sit down in the road singing in Lingala "Kabila must go


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Meanwhile, reports from DRC says indicate that police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of youths from the streets ocapital, Kinshasa.

Angry demonstrators began putting up barricades to demand that President Joseph Kabila step down after his mandate expired after midnight.


20 Dec 12:13
Police checking if they have enough rounds. Gun shots and stones pelted at nyalas. Police move back. Protesters see victory - Carien du Plessis

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Protesters in Pretoria pelt embassy with stones and with any object they can find.

The are shouting: Kabila must go 


20 Dec 12:02
More protesters arrive from other side of #DRC embassy in Pretoria. 

20 Dec 12:01
In Pretoria, a number of protesters say they want to go back home in the DRC. 

20 Dec 11:57
Sustained gunfire has erupted in Lubumbashi, DRC's second-largest city, where large numbers of police have been deployed on the last day of President Joseph Kabila's mandate, an AFP correspondent says.

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Protesters in Pretoria are now trying to convince police to let them near the embassy. They claim the embassy is their property. 

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Tempers just flared as police tried to confiscate some drinks from the protesters - Carien du Plessis. 

20 Dec 11:12
As the group of protesters continue to grow, more police arrive and Francis Baard St has been cordoned off to traffic - Carien du Plessis 

20 Dec 11:06
One protester shouts: "today we are going to burn down the embassy"

20 Dec 11:05

One of first protesters to arrive at the DRC embassy in Pretoria Roger Biayi is flashing a red card "to show president Kabila he is out of the game. Since yesterday was his last day in the office. We are tired of him, we want him to be out."

Biayi has lived in Pretoria for past 5 years


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First group of about 15 protesters have arrived at the DRC embassy in Pretoria. They have a DRC flag. 

They are standing on corner opposite embassy, reports Carien du Plessis 


20 Dec 10:40

Dakar - The leader of DRC’s largest opposition party is urging citizens to peacefully resist the "coup d'etat" he says President Joseph Kabila has carried out by not stepping down when his mandate expired at midnight.

Etienne Tshisekedi's statement posted online Tuesday adds to tensions in the vast central African nation over an election that has been indefinitely delayed. Military and police have deployed across Congo's capital.

A court has said Kabila can remain in power until a new election. The ruling party says there is "no possibility" of one in 2017. The opposition wants it as soon as possible.

Tshisekedi is calling on people inside and outside DRC to no longer recognise Kabila's authority and calls his actions "treason."

The president late on Monday announced new cabinet positions instead of leaving office. - AP


20 Dec 10:33
South African police have tapes off area in front of embassy. No protesters yet

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A handwritten notice outside the embassy gate has been put up to inform the public that the embassy is closed until January 4. There is no flag up like usual and no signs to identify the embassy as the DRC embassy

20 Dec 10:19
No protesters have arrived yet but one of the community leaders, Mpanga Kazadi says Congolese nationals are still making their way to Pretoria from Yeoville, where a sizable number of DRC citizens live.

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Officers from police vehicles including one nyala are keeping watch outside DRC embassy in Pretoria where protesters are expected to gather within the next few hours, reports News24 Correspondent Carien du Plessis, who is covering the protest in Pretoria.

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