No bail for cops - Durban Deep protesters

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - Bail should not be granted to four police officers appearing in connection with the fatal shooting of a Roodepoort protester, Durban Deep Community spokesman Anton Mankgabe said on Monday.

“If that happens, we will take radical steps. We are prepared to be arrested again,” Mankgabe said.

Tell a friend
254 230114 Tshepo Babuseng, an unemployed resident of Durban Deep who was shot, and died on his way to hospital in the the early morning. Picture: Motlabana Monnakgotla

Mankgabe said residents would embark on more protests and make Roodepoort ungovernable.

Four police officers were arrested on Friday for allegedly shooting dead a protester.

Residents of Durban Deep, on the West Rand, took to the streets on Thursday to protest against an eviction order and a lack of housing.

A 28-year-old man, Tshepo Babuseng, was shot dead, allegedly by a policeman, after protesting residents barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres.

Scores of people were protesting outside the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Monday. Some of the protesters were wearing DA T-shirts.

They were carrying 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.” - Sapa

Tell a friend