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01 Oct 2018 | 03:01 AM UTC

South Africa: Anti-crime protest planned in Johannesburg Oct. 1

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Residents in the Westbury community of Johannesburg plan to continue anti-crime protests on October 1; heightened security measures expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/6/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION Johannesburg, Westbury

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Community members from the Westbury area of Johannesburg are expected to hold demonstrations on Monday, October 1, to call for increased security measures to combat violent crime. A protest broke out in the neighborhood on Friday, September 28, after a woman was shot and killed and another person was critically wounded during a shootout between suspected rival gang members. Residents blocked roads into Westbury with burning tires and rocks during the demonstration. Police officials reported that two men were arrested in connection to the shooting and will appear in court on Monday. Residents have vowed to continue protesting until soldiers are deployed into the area to prevent daily violence between suspected gangs. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are expected in the area.


Individuals in Johannesburg are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.


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