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Case against DRC nationals on hold

2012-01-23 18:01

Johannesburg - At least 20 Congolese nationals appeared on public violence charges in the Johannesburg Regional Court on Monday.

They would remain in custody until their next appearance on January 31, police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao said.

About 130 others arrested with the group were released as they could not be positively linked to the crimes.

Last week, police arrested 150 supporters of rival Congolese political factions for public violence during protests related to the election last year in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They were arrested after a series of clashes between expatriate supporters of Congolese President Joseph Kabila and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.

Incumbent Kabila was declared the winner of the election with almost 49% of the vote, to just over 32% for Tshisekedi, but the poll was marred by fraud allegations.

On Monday, Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said about 300 Congolese were protesting outside the courthouse in support of their countrymen, causing traffic jams.

"They did not apply to have a protest so we are escorting them out," he said.

Adriao said they had dispersed peacefully by 15:00. Some protesters carried placards reading: "Zuma allowed fraud in DR Congo elections".

Some female protesters carried babies and children, while others had masking tape across their mouths.

Comments
  • Guelord - 2012-01-24 17:53

    Should Kabila not step-down, the DRC will remain ungovernable until we are all dead; because we are no longer interested to continue living in injustice world

  • Ilunga Boris Bongo - 2012-01-26 03:19

    On the 01 Jan.2012 the Congolese senate speaker Mr Kengo was assaulted in Paris by Congoleses opposed to Kinshasa's regime. Two weeks later the governement in Kinshasa announced that it was going to ask to different governements to arrest and rappatriate to Kinshasa all anti-Kabila's protesters (so that they silent them :torture,killing) particularly on the stronghold of Paris,Brussels,London and Johannesburg. On the 19 Jan. 2012 the police proceeded in an amazing and an unconstitual way known to them (brutality,arbitrary arrest,violation of a human rights and assault) to arrest all moving or not Congolese after being pointed out. The group of 4 other congolese (Fabrice "Zombie",Fiston,Zeus,Evoloko) called "Kabila's friends" was helping to point out congolese saloons,restaurants,houses, and shops. The last time congolese people protested was on the 06 Dec.2011 at the Luthuli house where they were dispersed with rubber bullet by the police;and from there all protests were not authorized. The 130 people released after the leader of Kabila's friend (wearing a black suit with Kabila's T-shirt,hat and scarf of Kabila's PPRD political party) was showing to Police at the Hilbrow's cells during the parade.

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