Chatsworth Protest: Twenty residents arrested in police custody

Image Credit: Kamil Chetty
Chatsworth Protest
Image Credit: Kamil Chetty

Last night chaos erupted in south of Durban in Chatsworth where thousands of angry community members gathered outside the Chatsworth police station.

Local CPF member Zain Kassim said the residents had gathered to demand justice for nine-year-old Sadia Sukhraj. Sukhraj was shot dead, apparently by hijackers, while in a car with her father near a school in Shallcross.

Rescue Care paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said earlier that the shooting occurred near the Marklands Secondary School. 

Sadia was taken to Chatsmed Hospital, where she was declared dead.

“The community wants the suspect in custody. The protest got a little bit out of control,” Kassim said. 

The residents gathered outside the Chatsworth SAPS demanding justice for the 9 year old girl shot and killed during a hijacking in Shallcross earlier on Monday morning 28 May 2018. Residents demanded access to the station commander to vent their frustration over the increase in crime and poor police visibility in the area.

Police authorities were forced to use teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd around 07H30PM after residents began burning tyres and throwing objects at the station. 

Twenty individuals were arrested and placed in police custody which angered the protesters which led to further confrontations between authorities and residents. 

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala condemned the actions of the residents asking for calm and allowing justice to take its course in the matter. 

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