Congolese Nationals in South Africa will be approaching Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) to investigate police brutality after one of their own was allegedly shot at close range with rubber bullets during the anti-Joseph Kabila protests at the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Eight Congolese nationals who were apprehended during the protest will remain in custody until their next court appearance. They are facing charges of public violence.
Protesters are demanding that President Kabila step down.
“We will continue to protest until Joseph Kabila quits and Mr Bené M’Poko is no longer the legitimate ambassador in South Africa,” says Prince Mpinda – a member of the DRC community in South Africa.
Mpinda says they did ask authority for permission to hold their protest but they denied permission “because they wanted to do what they did. Now we have so many compatriots, Congolese, who are injured and we are going to take it further.”
The case has been postponed until next week to verify the details of the eight accused.
The state will also assess if the suspects are flight risks.
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– By SABC