Protest as Malawian man appears on murder charge

Cala in the Eastern Cape. Picture: TimesLIVE
Cala in the Eastern Cape. Picture: TimesLIVE

A group of 400 residents picketed outside the Cala magistrate’s court on Monday morning where Rendy Ussen of Malawi stands accused of killing his girlfriend.

The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Zandile Dudumashe.

The discovery of her body last week sparked violence in Cala‚ resulting in four foreign-owned shops being vandalised.

Police intervened to restore peace to the community.

Provincial police spokesman Brigadier Marinda Mills last week said foreign nationals were taken to the police station and other locations to ensure their safety‚ while police and community leaders addressed and requested the public not to take the law into their own hands.

Outside court on Monday morning‚ residents stood with placards calling for bail to be denied.

The case was postponed to April 28 for an interpreter.

–Lulamile Feni, Daily Dispatch, RDM News Wire 

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