Westbury on edge after renewed protests

Two men suspected of having been involved in the Westbury shooting which left a woman dead and her child injured are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police were still searching for a third suspect.

The men face charges of murder and attempted murder.

Furious residents last week barricaded streets‚ calling for a “total shutdown” in the area to protest against drug dealing and gang-related crimes.

Images from the suburb on Monday morning showed that some people had returned to the streets in protest. Burning tyres and debris were littered on some of the roads.

Johannesburg’s Westbury community was met with police’s tear gas and rubber bullets after they took to the streets in protest against gangsterism and crime in their community on October 1 2018. The protest action came after a woman was shot and killed by a stray bullet on a street in broad daylight, allegedly during a battle between two rival gangs.

Dlamini said police had the situation under control.

“There were incidents this morning where the police had to fire rubber bullets to disperse a crowd. But police and the metro police officers are on scene to direct traffic‚” said Dlamini‚ adding that the roads were open.

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