Kathryn Kimberley, Shaanaaz de Jager and Yoliswa Sobuwa
PORT Elizabeth’s northern areas have become such a hot spot for violence that even police are hesitant to set foot in the volatile suburbs, a court heard yesterday.
This follows the arrest of three community leaders for the mob killing of two suspected gang members on May 18.
Vukile Dyele, 36, Mputhumi Maxela, 33, and Siyabulela Sibula, 37, all from Booysen Park, were applying for bail in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
About 500 residents from Chatty, Booysen Park, Bethelsdorp, Kwanoxolo and Joe Slovo protested outside the court building, where police were deployed to keep a close watch. The protesters were demanding the men’s release on bail.
Some protesters, carrying placards saying “In our community we don’t want gangsters”, said should their leaders be refused bail, they would kill any white person who set foot in the northern areas.
They would also set fire to any unwanted cars in the area.
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