Jean-Pierre Balous, The leader of a refugee’s currently residing in the Methodist Church located in Cape Town, is facing several charges of assault after being seen by the Magistrates Court today.
Several refugees made reports to the authorities that the leader had carried out multiple assaults on them which has lead to his arrest.
The church is currently being used as a ‘safe home’ for over 500 refugees, they have been residing at the location since October last year.
A group of refugees heard about the arrest on the leader and were outraged, they went to the Police station and demanded the release of the leader. Newslite SA previously reported about the incident here.
Police services did an investigation of the church after the arrest and seized firearms alongside fuel.
It’s today been announced that Balous was put in front of the courts in attempts to receive bail, however this has been denied and he will remain in custody, reported eNCA.