CAPE TOWN - Residents from Chatsworth in the Western Cape want justice following what they claim was police brutality.
They say officers conducted raids at two houses in the area and assaulted and pepper-sprayed women and children without cause.
On 22 August, Aneeqah Solomons was walking home after spending the day at a park with a friend and their children.
Solomons says a police officer stopped them from going into their street where they lived. She questioned the officer, who told her to turn around.
“He said to me: ‘You'd better leave or I’ll pepper spray you.’ So I said: 'For what? Why do you want to pepper spray me if I’m telling you I want to go home? I’m on my way home'. That’s when he walked back and they started throwing smoke bombs. We all ran across the field,” she said.
Solomons said she and the children ran into their yard.
She shouted at the officers while holding her seven-month-old daughter, asking them why they’re doing this.
“I was standing with my daughter in my arms. He came into my yard, right up until here, and started pepper-spraying me and I threw my daughter to one of them.”
Several other residents have also spoken about how they had rubber bullets shot at them and were assaulted by officers.
The affected residents say they no longer have faith in the police and their children are still traumatised.