Police confirm ‘tensions’ in Kya Sands

2010-07-20 09:16

Gauteng police could not confirm reports this morning that foreign nationals had been attacked at Kya Sands, north of Johannesburg, saying only there were “tensions” in the township.

“From yesterday, there was a stand-off with regards to tensions there,” said Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo.
“We have a heavy police presence there,” he added.

Several radio stations reported on Tuesday that four foreign nationals, of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and one South African had been attacked in overnight clashes.

A Talk Radio 702 journalist reported seeing two men escorted from the informal settlement with deep cuts to their heads while a woman said she had been kicked in the chest.

Mariemuthoo said this morning that he was still gathering details of what had exactly happened and ended the phone call when asked if foreign nationals were injured.

He could only confirm “allegations of looting”.

“There were people claiming they were looted and they were asked to open cases.”

Mariemuthoo said he would have more information later in the day.

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