Ramaphosa ‘quiet’, cops on alert

2011-02-02 07:21

Tension at Ramaphosa informal settlement “quietened down” today after renewed threats from locals against foreign shop owners earlier this week, Reiger Park police said.

“Nothing is happening there... it’s all quiet,” said spokesperson Toni Perifort who visited the area in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, around 7am.

“So far it’s all talk, these threats against foreigners.”

She said police were on “high alert” and monitoring the situation.

“We have our normal guys on duty but if anything happens then we will call in back-up from other areas.”

The Ekurhuleni local government and housing department said yesterday that locals had threatened foreign shop owners, demanding they shut down their businesses and leave.

Police moved in swiftly to calm the situation.

Xenophobic attacks broke out in Ramaphosa, near Reiger Park, two years ago.

In 2008, 62 people were killed and 150 000 displaced in a countrywide wave of xenophobic attacks that started in Gauteng.

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