Rorisang Kgosana
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23 Dec 2016
6:21 am

DRC citizens to take ‘brutal’ police to Ipid after embassy protest

Rorisang Kgosana

The group was picketing outside the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Embassy in Hatfield on Tuesday.

Congolese nationals in Pretoria will be opening a case of police brutality with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) after over 200 were injured by rubber bullets during a picket earlier this week.

The group was picketing outside the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Embassy in Hatfield on Tuesday, demanding that DRC President Joseph Kabila and ambassador Bene M’poko step down.

The two officials’ term ended on Monday, but they have remained in their positions pending elections.

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Eight people were arrested after stones were thrown at the embassy, leaving police to fire rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Congolese representative Prince Mpinda said the police shot at close range, leaving a woman, who was also arrested, wheelchair bound.

“As a community, we are going to take this case further to Ipid and sue the police for their brutality. “About 250 of our Congolese compatriots were injured.”

A group of injured Congolese nationals came limping into the court to support the eight foreigners yesterday who briefly appeared before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court for public violence.

The matter was postponed to December 29 as identities of the accused were yet to be confirmed.

There remained a heavy police presence at the embassy yesterday, with five police vehicles guarding the premises.

The embassy shut its doors following the protests, but could not indicate when they would reopen.

More than 20 people have been killed in the DRC capital Kinshasa during clashes between protesters and security forces.

President Kabila had formed a 74-member transitional government after the electoral commission cancelled presidential elections that were scheduled for last month.

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