MF to give le­gal as­sis­tance to pro­test­ers

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THE Mi­nor­ity Front (MF) has an­nounced it would be pro­vid­ing le­gal as­sis­tance to some of the in­di­vid­u­als who were ar­rested and charged for public violence on May 28 out­side the Chatsworth SAPS.

Thou­sands of res­i­dents de­mand­ing jus­tice hours af­ter 9-year-old Sa­dia Sukhraj was killed in a hi­jack­ing while on her way to school with her father Shailen­dra.

Twenty peo­ple were ar­rested and charged for public violence.

Nine­teen were re­leased on R1 000 bail each and one per­son was re­leased on R500 bail.

They are ex­pected to ap­pear in the Chatsworth Mag­is­trate’s Court on July 4.

MF coun­cil­lor, Jonathan An­nipen said the party had de­cided to as­sist the in­di­vid­u­als be­cause the party be­lieved the treatment they re­ceived from po­lice af­ter they were put in the hold­ing cells was “in­ex­cus­able and a vi­o­la­tion of their hu­man dig­nity”.

“Our leader Shameen Thakur Ra­jbansi has worked tire­lessly in the last week to com­mu­ni­cate with our le­gal team and sev­eral other le­gal ad­vis­ers to so­licit their ser­vices.

“Our party be­lieves that these in­di­vid­u­als are not the crim­i­nals here.

“We want the courts to pro­duce ev­i­dence that these pro­test­ers dam­aged po­lice prop­erty and harmed po­lice per­sonal as was re­ported by some po­lice spokespersons.

“We are not dis­put­ing that there were those who did cause havoc on the scene on the night in ques­tion but can the State un­am­bigu­ously confirm that it was in fact these in­di­vid­u­als who were re­spon­si­ble?

“Mrs Ra­jbansi is in dis­cus­sions with the pro­vin­cial MEC of Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son Mx­olisi Kauda and we want our peo­ple to re­main calm.

“We will en­sure that ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble is done to get jus­tice for those who stood out against in­jus­tice and crime.”

An­nipen fur­ther al­leges that de­tainees went into the cells “healthy and nor­mal” but re­turned on Tues­day af­ter­noon “blood­ied and bruised, with open skulls and some could hardly walk”.

“This is not some­thing that can go un­chal­lenged. There­fore we have writ­ten to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate re­quest­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­tions of po­lice.”

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