Bonteheuwel Protests Against Gang Violence, Gets Shot at by Police

Yesterday morning, the residents of Bonteheuwel decided that they had enough and gathered to peacefully protest against the ineffectiveness of the police to curb gang violence.

However, in response, the police opened fire on them.

Outraged residents accused the police of shooting at unarmed peaceful protesters while refusing to deal with the gangsters that shoots on the community on a regular basis.

Protesters blocked roads and refused to move unless their demands for a safer community were met.

Despite being bombarded with stun grenades, rubber bullets and teargas, the residents once again refused to move and stood firm.

In a video, metro police can be seen aggressively manhandling peaceful protesters.

The protesters accused the police of cowardice by shooting on peaceful protesters that weren’t being violent.

Three people were arrested and are to appear in court this morning.

Bonteheuwel Councillor, Angus McKenzie, claimed that he tried to help with the getting a permit for the protest, but it is noted that he was against the protest and instead, it is alleged that he asked for the metro police to be deployed.

He was spotted at the protest, surrounded by police after the crowd booed him.

McKenzie, who is being considered for the position Cape Town mayor, was recently arrested for crimen injuria and will appear in court on September 6.

The metro police recently came under fire for their brutal tactics but Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, defended these tactics and claimed that the metro police were effective

There is however no evidence of the effectiveness of the metro police.

Since his appointment by Helen Zille in the Safety and Security portfolio in 2009, crime has more than doubled.

Smith, who is also the DA Deputy Caucus leader, is also currently being considered to replace Patricia de Lille as Cape Town Mayor.

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