At least 48 arrested for xenophobic violence

2015-04-14 12:40
A Somali shopowner gets ready to leave his general dealer following looting and violence in Durban. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

A Somali shopowner gets ready to leave his general dealer following looting and violence in Durban. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Watch as Durban looters shoot at News24 journos

2015-04-14 09:58

News24 was in the thick of things as police and reporters came under fire during looting in the Mzansi area of Ntuzuma on Monday night. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - At least 48 people have been arrested since the outbreak of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

Briefing reporters in Cape Town with a video-link to Pretoria, she said that government was concerned about the ongoing violence taking place in the province.

"The Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster (JCPS) notes with deep concern the incidents of violence unfolding in our country and we want to assert government's position that any lawlessness will not be tolerated," she said.

"Government will not hesitate to enforce the laws of the country."

On Tuesday, police confirmed that a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed in Ntuzuma, near KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the information they had indicated that the boy had been shot and was taken to a nearby clinic where he succumbed to his injuries.

Food and other support for foreigners

He said the police would investigate if the killing was linked to xenophobic violence in the area.

The boy was shot in a road where residents were looting a shop and News24 journalists fired upon.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the recent spate of attacks in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal must be condemned in the strongest terms.

"The constitution of our country protects the rights of all people living in our country, South Africans and foreigners alike," she said,

"Government will do everything within the law to ensure their safety irrespective of their status."

She said President Jacob Zuma had assigned the police, state security and home affairs ministries to work with the KwaZulu-Natal government to stop the violence that had broke out in the province.

Additional law enforcement officers had been deployed from around the country in KwaZulu-Natal to prevent further attacks.

Government was also working with United Nations agencies and NGOs to provide food and other support to foreigners affected by the violence.




Read more on:    nosiviwe mapisa-nqakula  |  jacob zuma  |  durban  |  looting  |  xenophobia  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
33 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.