THERE was chaos outside the Protea magistrate's court in Soweto yesterday when police clashed with protesting pupils during the bail application of Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala.
All hell broke loose when impatient pupils started throwing stones at police after being prevented from entering the court grounds.
Five pupils were arrested and charged with malicious damage to property, public violence and illegal gathering.
The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has vowed to continue the protest today when the application continues.
Maarohanye and Tshabalala are accused of killing Andile Mthombeni, Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi and Phomello Masemola when they crashed into them last week.
This means that Cosas and the pupils are going in the opposite direction as ANC youth league president Julius Malema, who visited Jub Jub in prison this week.
The pupils have instead vowed to kill Jub Jub and his friend if they are released on bail.
Members of the SAPS, Metro police and Protea community patrol teams had their hands full trying to contain a crowd of about 2000 school pupils from Reutlwile Junior Secondary, Mafori Mphahlele, Morris Isaacson High, Mncube and Naledi high school.
Officers responded by opening fire with rubber bullets. Pupils and police also had a stand-off at the nearby Protea Park, while others ran away and into nearby homes.
The youths were restrained with pepper spray, while others were assaulted by officers and community policing officials.
Cosas lived up to their promise, made last week, to bring schooling in the township to a halt.
"We cannot be apologetic. We will make Gauteng ungovernable if we have to. We can go back to 1976," said Cosas Greater Johannesburg deputy chairperson Kenneth Mbatha.
Referring to today's court appearance he said: "Tomorrow there will again be no school.
"We are not afraid of the police. If they decide to shoot us again, we will be prepared. This time we will have rocks, not stones."
Mbatha instructed pupils to come back to court in their school uniforms and to ensure that Maarohanye and Tshabalala do not walk free.
Gates to the court premises were locked. Officials used loud speakers to call witnesses in other cases and they were escourted in to the court grounds one by one.
Thobekile Mbatha from Altmont High School said: "They must lock up Jub Jub and his friend. If they get out they will be dealt with."
Precious Mndawe said: "I'm angry because they killed our brothers. It is unforgivable."
Several vehicles were damaged, including a police van and a media car.