Crowd clashes with police as deputy mayor's murder suspect appears in court

2017-04-06 16:12
Magistrate's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Magistrate's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban - About 400 community members clashed with police outside the Richmond Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The angry protesters said they had gathered outside the court to make sure that a 34-year-old man accused of killing Richmond municipality deputy mayor Thandazile Phoswa was not released.

Phoswa, 38, was gunned down on Monday morning at her home in an apparent lovers' quarrel.

She became the second Richmond municipal official to be shot dead recently. 

Her murder followed that of Edward Sibusiso Sithole who was shot dead on March 6.

The community members threw stones at the police and burnt tyres. Police retaliated with stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the unruly crowd, said Captain Nqobile Gwala.

Gwala said no injuries were reported during the confrontation but a case of public violence was opened. 

The accused is being held in custody until April 13, Gwala added.

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