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.
#ChatsworthProtests #BREAKINGNEWS: Gunshots have been fired and teargas being used to disperse the thousands gathered outside the Chatsworth police station. All emergency services are on scene. #Chatsworth residents say they will not leave the police station until they get answers surrounding the killing of the 9-year-old girl. They demand an end to crime in the community. #Durban
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala condemned the actions of the residents asking for calm and allowing justice to take its course in the matter.