Resident Nomvula Njody issued a desperate plea about high crime levels in the area: “Government must do something to help us.
“The illegal immigrants, especially the zama-zamas, are making our lives hell. We can’t walk on the streets because at any time they might start shooting,” she alleged.
“The rival gangs are always fighting and we live with fear.”
Njody said she went to court to show her support for the women who were raped and add her voice to those calling for action to be taken against the gangs.
“Let all these foreigners be sent back to their countries. We are not free because of them,” she said.
Asked how she knows that criminals in her area are not South African, she said it was known in the community that the zama-zamas were from Lesotho, with a few from Mozambique and Malawi.
“None of the South Africans are involved in that,” she said.
Political parties are also at the protest.