Extra police deployed to fight xenophobia in KZN

By Drum Digital
12 April 2015

Additional public order police members have been deployed to assist local police fight xenophobia in KwaZulu-Natal.

Additional public order police members have been deployed to assist local police fight xenophobia in KwaZulu-Natal, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega announced on Saturday.

Phiyega accompanied a high level state delegation that visited different camps around Durban where foreign nationals have been living under police guard.

"The police on the ground are working extremely hard to stabilise this violent situation. Criminals have taken advantage [of the situation] and are terrorising communities… the police are committed to arresting those involved. We have identified the instigators and we are busy effecting arrests," said Phiyega.

Xenophobic attacks

The attacks, which started in Isipingo on March 25, have spread to other areas around Durban including Chatsworth and Umlazi.

News24 reported on Saturday that two people thought to be Somali nationals were critically injured when a shop was petrol-bombed in W Section in Umlazi on Friday night.

“We once again strongly discourage people from taking the law into their own hands and caution that those found to be breaking the law will be arrested and prosecuted,” said Phiyega.

She said a number of criminal cases had been opened at various police stations in the Umlazi cluster and Chatsworth area.

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