Chaos in Roodepoort court

2014-01-27 14:38
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Angry residents protest outside Roodepoort court

Angry Durban Deep residents have protested outside the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court where four police officers have appeared in connection with the fatal shooting of a Roodepoort protester.

Johannesburg - Durban Deep residents have demanded that a case of four police officers accused of the fatal shooting of a Roodepoort protester be heard in the local court on Monday.

Four police officers were expected to appear.

Residents confronted court staff in a passage leading to the prosecutor's office and complained that they had arrived early in the morning. Some people arrived at the court as early as 07:00.

They were frustrated because the docket was not ready.

‘They must give me my son’

Tshepo Babuseng, 28, was shot dead, allegedly by a policeman, after protesting residents in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres on Thursday over a lack of housing.

Community member Adam Welkom, known as "Express" shouted "the SAPS killed my son. They must give me my son".

Welkom said he was fed up because he had been waiting for a long time.

"Why can't they send the minister here? Nathi [Mthethwa] must come here and give me my son," he said.

Babuseng's aunt, Joyce Moamogwa, said she was saddened by the loss of her nephew.

"I am hurt, I am not feeling well," she said.

Moamogwa said police should be trained as they could not do their job.

"We are not safe, we do not trust them. They are like our enemies," she said.

‘No bail’

Earlier Durban Deep Community spokesperson Anton Mankgabe said bail should not be granted to the police officers.

"If that happens, we will take radical steps. We are prepared to be arrested again," Mankgabe said. He said residents would embark on more protests and make Roodepoort ungovernable.

Scores of people were protesting outside the court earlier.

Some of the protesters were wearing DA T-shirts. They carried placards reading: "Who is going to protect us if you kill us" and "Nathi Mthethwa hold your dogs". Another said: "You stupid police you killed my sister's child like a dog. You must go back to school."

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