Locals set against bail

2016-02-23 06:00
Protestors gathered outside Wynberg Magistrate’s Court last Thursday morning to voice their distaste for the two suspects who allegedly shot 10-year-old Jayden Smith.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Protestors gathered outside Wynberg Magistrate’s Court last Thursday morning to voice their distaste for the two suspects who allegedly shot 10-year-old Jayden Smith. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Parkwood residents and supporters picketed against the bail of the two suspects charged in the murder of 10-year-old Jayden Smith last week.

Bail for both suspects was denied.

The group stood outside the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning, chanting “We want justice”, “Justice for Jayden” and “No bail, rot in jail”.

Paul Phillips, chairperson of Voice of Parkwood (VOP), says his organisation wants to mobilise the community and show authorities “we are serious about addressing crime in our community”.

At the picket outside court, supporters listened to Phillips read out a memorandum handed to prosecutor Simphiwe Magwaca.

Included in the memorandum was a call that “stronger and better relations be established between the office of the prosecutor and community and that a process of awareness around the justice system be implemented”.

“We do not feel that our community’s are informed enough about the processes at courts. If they can assist in communicating or educating about the justice system and its processes that would help,” Phillips said.

The memorandum also called for the courts and officials to become more community friendly.

It also suggested that the process for releasing suspects on bail “be better structured and monitored, especially in cases where there are interdicts and special orders not to enter a certain area”.

“We find that when some suspects are released on bail they are given conditions which includes not returning to the communities. However, we have seen that suspects disregard this and they return to terrorise our communities. The system is not being monitored properly and the suspects are basically disregarding the law,” Phillips says.

VOP also called for the plight of victims and their families to be considered when dealing with gang-related matters before the court.

“It is not right that the victim and perpetrators should share the same court room and waiting area. This instils fear with the victim and their families. This includes witnesses and is a matter that should be looked at urgently,” Phillips said.

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