Diepsloot residents stand around as a tyre burns. The residents allegedly demanded a man arrested for the murder of a police officer be handed over to them.When that didn’t happen, a protest erupted and they burned tyres in the middle of main roads and turned on foreign nationals. Picture: @LocalManShrgd Twitter
Diepsloot residents stand around as a tyre burns. The residents allegedly demanded a man arrested for the murder of a police officer be handed over to them.When that didn’t happen, a protest erupted and they burned tyres in the middle of main roads and turned on foreign nationals. Picture: @LocalManShrgd Twitter

Cop killing sees Diepsloot residents take their anger out on foreign nationals

By LUNGILE MATSUMA Time of article published Jan 23, 2020

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Johannesburg - Diepsloot residents stormed the police station on Thursday morning demanding officers hand over the man accused of killing a cop last week.

Detective Captain Oupa Matjie was fatally shot while in pursuit of suspects last week in the area. A man has been arrested for the officer's murder and was due in the Randburg Magistrate's court on Thursday.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, the residents demanded the man be released and handed over to the community. When this didn’t happen, a protest erupted and they burned tyres in the middle of main roads and turned on foreign nationals. 

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela urged the community to be mindful of the law and due processes.

“The arrest of the suspect who allegedly shot and killed Captain Matjie, came after collaboration between the community and the police,” said Mawela.

He added that it was therefore important that the suspect's appearance before court be secured.

“It should not be jeopardised in any manner, so that the suspect faces the full might of the law,” Mawela said.

“Public Order Police have since the early hours of this morning, been on high-alert monitoring the situation and dispersing groups who had barricaded some main routes in the area, including the William Nicol and the R551 roads,” Peters said.

Joburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said motorists were being diverted away from R511 between N1 and N14.  

“There's no access to Diepsloot from William Nicol Drive or the N14. Protesters have placed rocks and burning tyres on R511 and Nkonyama Drive.”

“The roads will remain closed because it is not safe to use,” Minnaar said.

On social media,  users reacted to the violence by calling on the government to enforce tighter border controls. 


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