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Thousands of people have signed a petition to keep the alleged Piketberg killer cop in prison.

A Piketberg cop accused of murdering his girlfriend in front of her 10-year-old kid and other family members will be held in custody until his bail application is heard next week.

On Sunday, Natasha Booise was killed in a spray of gunfire while out walking with her family in the West Coast town.

Sergeant Richard Smit, her lover, is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, and firing a firearm in a public place.

Residents protested outside the Piketberg Magistrate's Court on Friday, and Smit made a brief appearance.

According to the state, Smit shot and killed Booise in front of her 10-year-old son and other family members.

Smit had come up to them in his personal vehicle, according to family members, and Booise had gone to speak with him. Booise had declined to get into Smit's car, but the family had not overheard the couple's conversation.

Shots rang out a few minutes later, and family members raced in separate directions, attempting to save their children from harm's way.

The shooter allegedly continued to fire at the family, including Booise's mother, according to the family.

In the small town of Booise, the killing of Booise has generated fury.

On Friday, hundreds of locals marched to the streets and assembled outside the local magistrate's court to deliver a list of demands to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), police, and Department of Justice.

They also handed over a petition with over 3000 paper signatures, and many more joined an internet petition to guarantee the officer remained in custody until his trial began.

The matter has been postponed until January 13 for bail procedures, according to Eric Ntabazalila, a spokesperson for the NPA in the Western Cape.

"As the investigation proceeds, more charges are expected to be added. His case has been adjourned until he may file a formal bail application. Bail will be opposed by the state "Ntabazalila continued.

Smit will be held in custody for the time being.

"The State has been informed that there are another 11 000 online and electronic signatures opposing the accused's bail," Ntabazalila said.

Many "skollies" in the South African Police Service, according to Billy Claasen, executive director of the Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation, believe they can get away with murder.

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