All quiet in WCape

2010-07-13 10:27

There were no reported incidents of xenophobic violence in the

Western Cape last night, a police spokesperson said today.

Police Captain Frederick van Wyk said: “It’s very quiet. There’s

nothing to report.”

Police were, however, continuing their patrols in all areas where

there had earlier been problems.

On Sunday night a number of foreign-owned spaza and container shops

in Cape Town and surrounding towns were burned and looted.

Some vandalism and attempted looting continued during the day

yesterday in Khayelitsha, where police helped Somali shop owners remove their


Spokesperson for provincial disaster management Daniella Ebenezer

said today that the scores of foreigners who sought refuge at police stations on

Sunday night all went home or to friends or relatives yesterday.

She said: “It seems like the situation has really calmed


Ebenezer said there were “isolated incidents” yesterday in

Wallacedene, Du Noon and Ocean View, all in Cape Town, and in Grabouw.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa visited the Western Cape yesterday

for a briefing on the situation. His ministry said after the visit that

authorities would not tolerate “criminality disguised as xenophobia”.

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