LETTER: I witnessed the protest too

2016-03-15 06:00

I’m writing concerning the article “Locals stone cops, passing cars” (People’s Post, 8 March).

All the facts are untrue. I and family and neighbours were all standing in our front yards and bore witness to what really happened. Police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett is lying about no arrests being made, because my youngest brother was innocently arrested the next day when he was in fact standing next to me in our yard whilst the people were burning tyres and throwing stones. He had to spend four days locked up at Steenberg police station.

Also, the policemen never fired shots into the sand but directly at the crowd because one officer ran in my direction whilst I was standing at my gate, so I witnessed him firing at the crowd.

B Majiet Lavender Hill

Warrant Officer John Bartlett, spokesperson of Steenberg police, responds:The information provided by myself emanates from statements and interviews of police members on the scene. If it is alleged that the members fired directly at the crowd they are requested to contact the station commander, Colonel Alexander, or to open cases. The perpetrators were identified by the members who were on the scene and, because the area was volatile, the members opted to affect the arrests the following day.

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