Rival gang members disrupt proceedings
Rival gang members from Westbury brought court proceedings in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court to a standstill yesterday when they faced off in the corridors, reports News24.
The gangsters were in court in support of their respective leaders who, coincidentally, were appearing in different courtrooms on the same day, both facing charges of murder.
One of the members appearing was Leeroy Brown, known as Finch, who was applying for bail after being arrested in connection with the murder of Reagan Jacobs in April.
Brown's alleged rival, Keenan Ebrahim, was also appearing in a separate courtroom at the same time. Ebrahim was appearing for the murder of Bradley Sauls, who died in 2018 after being shot and run over by a car.
Proceedings in Brown's case were postponed to 7 June, after the state told the court that it needed to obtain warrants of arrest for other suspected gang members allegedly involved in the incident. The confrontation between supporters of the two alleged gang bosses broke out before Brown's case got under way.
A video of the commotion shows armed police officers forcing a man to the ground while ordering bystanders to move away.
Police tightened security around courtroom 15, where Brown was appearing, preventing people from entering. NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said the NPA was concerned that the safety of members of the public was threatened by events in court yesterday.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, along with court officials, were scheduled to conduct an inspection at the court today.
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