Hundreds of people have continued to attend the trial of the Mayor of Lamontville, Moonlight Gaza, who has been accused, with three other people, of murdering community leader, Harrison Dube.
GV EXTERIOR Magistrates' Court in Durban
SVs People arriving for court hearing (2 shots)
SVs Police watching as crowds go into courtroom (2 shots)
GV Crowds chanting outside courtroom
GVs & SVs Gaza's home gutted by fire and daubed with slogans (8 shots)
GV PAN INTERIOR House with slogans daubed on walls (2 shots)
GVs Lamontville township (2 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of people have continued to attend the trial of the Mayor of Lamontville, Moonlight Gaza, who has been accused, with three other people, of murdering community leader, Harrison Dube. Dube had led major protests against massive rent increases which were due to come into effect in the township in April. As the demonstrations against the proposals increased, the Minister of Development and Co-operation, Dr Piet Koornhof, stepped into the dispute and postponed the increases until August. Violence in Lamontville has continued however, and the town has been in a state of perpetual siege. More than ten people have died since Harrison Dube was murdered, and several houses and buildings in the townships have been gutted -- including Gaza's home. His house has been daubed inside and out with slogans, calling for a halt to the rent increases. Hundreds of protestor have attended the trial in Durban every day since it began, and security round the courthouse has been intensified in an effort to deal with the demonstrations which have become a normal occurrence after the day's proceedings.