Saturday, September 05, 2020

St. Helena residents march for #JusticeForLeo

Laingville residents is set to march on Saturday for justice for 9-year-old Leo Williams. Williams died last month after being hit in the head by a stray bullet as police clashed with demonstrators outside his home last month. The boy was watching TV when the bullet struck him.

The community will march under the banner #JusticeForLeo.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, urged residents to refrain from any form of violence during Saturday's demonstration.

“I call for calm amidst reports of planned protest action in St Helena Bay. I urge residents to refrain from any protest action which is violent and/or causes damage to property as it is both illegal and criminal.”

“I again wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of young Leo Williams. No parent should have to bury their child. His death is a tragedy and has devastated the community as a whole.” 

Fritz said that he has previously written to the office of the Provincial Commissioner, requesting further clarity on this matter and welcomed the investigation by Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

“Going forward, I will closely monitor IPID’s recommendations into the investigation and liaise with the provincial Minister of Human Settlements on related service delivery complaints. I will further engage with a local community leader to update him on these interventions in efforts to bring restore calm to the community.”

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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