Supporters of DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi mobbed the President Street entrance of Luthuli House in Johannesburg. Photo: Barry McCallum
Supporters of DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi mobbed the President Street entrance of Luthuli House in Johannesburg. Photo: Barry McCallum

'Zuma, you’re a killer' – DRC protesters

By Time of article published Dec 5, 2011

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Supporters of DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi mobbed the President Street entrance of Luthuli House in Joburg on Monday morning.

The 200-odd protesters chanted: “Zuma, you are a killer” and displayed signs showing SA’s purported ties to President Joseph Kabila who is ahead after early counts in the country’s poll.

They were dispersed about two hours later, when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets.

A number of arrests were made as the protesters hide in side streets. After negotitaions, they were allowed to gather again at Beyers Naude Gardens. They approached the police with their hands raised as if in surrender. 

With results from about half of polling stations counted on Sunday night, Kabila was leading with 4.94 million votes, or 48.8 percent of those counted so far.

Election commission chief Daniel Ngoy Mulunda released province by province tallies on Sunday that he said amounted to nearly 53 percent of all voting bureaus.

An Associated Press compilation of the early results showed that Tshisekedi was trailing with 3.4 million votes, or 33.6 percent.

The opposition has said that they reject the results and accuse Kabila of rigging the vote. The capital was on edge with many predicting violence after Tuesday's final proclamation of provisional results. - IOL

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