Beaufort West Marches Following Brutal Slaying of Anthea Thopps – Pictures




Following the brutal slaying of the much loved Anthea Thopps, the community of Beaufort West brought the N1 to a standstill, in a show of anger and frustration.

The march was against the murder and abuse of women and children; and was scheduled to take place at 10:00am on Friday (26 July).

By 09:30am however, the marchers had already positioned themselves along the N1, ready to walk into town and deliver their message to the local police station.

Traffic along the N1 had come to a halt and a line of trucks and cars could be seen waiting patiently for the community to express themselves.

A leader of the march made it clear that it was not about political parties, but about the community.

He also pointed out that this was a peaceful march, and criminals wanting to use the march to break into stores and steal, would not be tolerated.

Arriving at the police station, police had been stationed outside to prevent the marchers from gaining entry.

They also filmed the marchers, the reason for which was not clear.

One of the organisers suggested that the community was gathered to help the police, but a community member yelled out angrily, “As hulle hulle werk gedoen het, dan sal die dinge nie gebeur het nie”.

The organisers read out a list of demands, which included keeping the police stations open 24/7.

At this point, it is not clear which actions the police has taken to find the criminal(s) or whether they have any suspects.

See below for pictures:

 

Along the N1, Walking Towards Town Centre

 

Along the N1, Walking Towards Town Centre

 

Along the N1, Walking Towards Town Centre

 

Along the N1, Traffic is Brought to a Standstill

 

Along the N1, Walking Towards Town Centre

 

Along the N1, Walking Towards Town Centre

Along the N1, Walking Towards Town Centre

 

Along the N1, Entering the Town Centre

 

Along the N1, Entering the Town Centre

 

Workers Are United Against the Abuse of Women and Children

 

Religious and Community Leaders Leading the March

 

Pastor Prays for Beaufort West

 

Along the N1, in the Town Centre

 

Along the N1, in the Town Centre

 

Moving Towards the Police Station

Moving Towards the Police Station

 

At the Police Station

 

Police Guarding the Entrance to Station

 

Police Filming Protesters

 

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