National 18.8.2016 02:42 pm

Westbury protest over rampant shootings under way

Community members from Westbury and surrounding areas march to the Sophiatown police station over the recent killings in the area. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Community members from Westbury and surrounding areas march to the Sophiatown police station over the recent killings in the area. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The march comes after the recent shootings that have gripped the community.

A massive stay away march is under way in Westbury, with hundreds of residents turning up to show their support, Westside Eldos reports.

Working parents and school children have all been asked to stay at home for the march.

The march is meant to create awareness around the rampant shootings in the area that have injured and killed more 10 people over the past four weeks.

Westbury march

Westbury march

Police from the local Sophiatown Police Station, Johannesburg Metro Police Department, Local Drug Action Committees, residents and community stakeholders have all joined in the strike.

Last night two men were shot in Newclare at Aletta Flats in Davey Road. The two men were identified by the Community Policing Forum (CPF) as Vaughan Paulsen and Levert Booysens.

Colonel Julia Claassen said they are happy because at least one positive arrest was made.

“We believe we have caught one suspect who was involved in these whole events surrounding the shootings.

“Anyone with other information should not be scared but come forward so that the situation can be resolved,” said Claassen.

One resident Shantel Le Roux feels otherwise saying one arrest does not make a difference.

“One arrest does not do it, and it won’t stop the shooting.”

“Police should stop boasting about one arrest but rather close down the drug hotspots that are causing this problem,” said Le Roux.

Westbury march underway

Westbury march underway

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One participant Dominique Du Toit said they hoped the march would bring about change.

“We are doing it for our children and people from all over the area must stand up and fight for their community,” said Du Toit.

While the protesters were handing in their memorandum at the local police station, it is reported two people have been shot near Bosmont, though the police are yet to confirm.

– Caxton News Service.

 

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