No overnight incidents at Kya Sands

2010-07-21 07:43

There have been no overnight incidents of violence at Kya Sands

informal settlement north of Johannesburg where 16 people, mostly foreign

nationals, have been attacked in the past two days, Gauteng police have

said.

“Everything is quiet, peaceful, and there were no incidents

overnight,” said Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo.

“We have heavy police presence in the area. And the area is

quiet.”

Police had earlier said that 11 violent incidents were reported

yesterday.

Five of the victims were South African, four Zimbabwean and two were

from Mozambique.

The crimes ranged from assault and house breaking to theft.

A total

of 10 people had been arrested by yesterday afternoon.

Five people – four of whom were foreign nationals – were taken to

hospital after they were attacked in their shacks between Monday night and early

yesterday morning.

Late yesterday evening, the army was deployed to Kya Sands. This

was after Gauteng Community Safety MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu had denied they were

needed.

“We have assessed the situation thoroughly and the police are able

to handle it well. There is no need for the army to be deployed,” Mosunkutu said

yesterday afternoon.

Hours later, eight army armoured vehicles were lined up on the road

to Kya Sands, with soldiers preparing to enter Extension 3 of the informal

settlement.

Provincial Community Safety spokesperson Sizwe Matshikiza denied

that the deployment of the army had earlier been ruled out.

“My understanding of what the MEC had said is that all law

enforcement including the army get deployed after careful consideration.

“The MEC had also wanted to indicate the confidence we had in the

police service,” he said.

Matshikiza added that discussions around a possible deployment were

not made public.

“Deployment to specific situations are not discussed publicly,” he

said.

Matshikiza said the army had been deployed to “complement” the

police on a specific operation.

“There was a targeted operation. There were criminals who were

identified and sought out.

The army was helping on that specific situation.”


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