Lusilu Papy Sukami, a refugee leader rivaling Jean-Pierre Balous, appeared briefly in court on Monday following his arrest on Friday for assault and robbery.
Papy Sukami, leads a faction of refugees living at Central Methodist Church in Cape Town that broke off a larger group led by Jean-Pierre Balous – who is also in police custody facing assault charges.
Sukami, from the Congo, allegedly assaulted Serge Shauba in the Cape Town CDB in October 2019 and robbed him of an iPhone 6, a Canon camera, a wallet, R2,000, cards, a watch and shoes.
Sukami was also accused of robbing Jurol Leomba, whose Samsung Galaxy cellphone, wallet, R200, Canon camera and bank cards were taken on the same day.
In a statement on Friday, Leomba, a Congolese journalist, claimed Sukami was behind the robberies.
“During the month of October 2019 we were assaulted and robbed by Papy Sukami and his gang of criminals while we went to cover the refugees’ sit-in and find out the needs of refugees in order to support them with food, diapers etc,” the statement alleged.
“I personally witnessed how [he] gave orders to his gang of criminals to attack Serge Shaumba, with whom I run a media company.
“I told them you cannot claim to be victims of xenophobic violence while you are involved in violent acts and crimes yourselves. They refused to listen and decided to attack both of us and stole our personal stuff.
Sukami appeared briefly in the Cape Town magistrate’s court. The state asked for time to obtain more information to prepare for his bail application.
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