’Plain community take to the streets for Stacha

Residents protesting in front of the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court.

Hours before Randy Tango, the alleged killer of 11-year-old Stacha Arends of Tafelsig, appeared in court last week hundreds of residents took to the streets, protesting against his release on bail.

Wearing a red T-shirt, Mr Tango appeared in a packed courtroom at the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday May 3.

Mr Tango’s lawyer, Advocate Tuso Motshebe, said he wants access to the confession that his client has made in April regarding the rape and murder of Stacha.

Advocate Motshebe said in order to prepare properly, he needs to have access to the statement made. He added that he needs to analyse under what circumstances the confession was made and if it was done without force.

State prosecutor Darren Johnson argued that they should not have access to the statement as it forms part of the police docket.

Magistrate Walter Golding will give his judgment on bail and access to the statement applications today Wednesday May 10.

Meanwhile, outside the court, the Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum led a residents’ protest to oppose giving the rape and murder accused bail. Close friends and family of Stacha also wore T-shirts emblazoned with the young girl’s face. Brandishing placards, residents shouted: “No bail for Randy, justice for Stacha!” and “Stop killing our children!”.

The residents started marching at 7.30am that day from Stacha’s home in Matroosberg Street in Tafelsig to the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court in First Avenue in the Town Centre.

Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum chairperson Joanie Fredericks handed over a memorandum to Mitchell’s Plain police. Ms Fredericks said the memorandum has a total of 4 432 signatures from members of the church community, schools, organisations and residents.

The memorandum demands include a no bail application and that the perpetrator is to remain in police custody for the duration of the trial.

“We want an urgent meeting with all relevant role-players to address the raping and killing of women and children. And we want the interviewing of other witnesses done, without delay in the Stacha case,” Ms Fredericks said.