11 held during Jeppestown raid by army, police

2015-04-22 10:21
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GALLERY: Military raid Jeppestown hostel

The SA police and army have raided the Jeppestown hostel in Johannesburg in a search for weapons following a flare up of xenophobic violence across the country. View all the pictures here.

Johannesburg - Eleven men were arrested for being in possession of drugs and stolen property during a raid by police and the army in the Jeppestown men's hostel in central Johannesburg, police said on Wednesday.

National police spokesperson Solomon Makgale said large bags of dagga and possibly stolen items were recovered at the hostel. It was not immediately clear what the estimated value of the dagga was.

The men, aged between 24 and 49, would appear in the Jeppe Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of possession of dagga and stolen property.

Images from the hostel broadcast by eNCA on Tuesday night showed dozens of men lined up in the passages wearing nothing but boxer shorts, their arms raised, palms pressed to the walls, as soldiers searched their beds and lockers.

The raid began at 22:00 and ended around 04:00.

It followed an undertaking by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula earlier on Tuesday that the army would be sent to assist police in areas countrywide where xenophobic violence had flared up.

Seven people have been killed during the violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in the past week.

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