State condemns xenophobic attacks

2013-05-28 11:33

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Government has condemned xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals in certain areas of Gauteng.

“Government has noted with concern so-called xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals ... We strongly condemn violence, not only on foreign nationals, but also on South Africans,” said acting spokesperson Phumla Williams.

“South Africa is a democratic country that accommodates foreign nationals that are in this country legally.”

She said government commended police for the arrest of “about 100 people associated with the recent lawlessness”.

Forty-five people have been arrested for public violence, housebreaking and possession of unlicensed firearms in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, police said today.

“Thirty-eight suspects were arrested for public violence, four for possession of unlicensed firearms, and three for housebreaking and theft,” said police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini.

They were arrested yesterday evening and were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

The violence started on Sunday evening when a Somali man (39) allegedly shot and killed two Zimbabwean men outside his shop after an argument.

The man was arrested and was due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court today on charges of murder and attempted murder.

“It is alleged that the community gathered in front of the Somali’s shop after the shooting incident, threw stones and started looting,” Dlamini said.

A number of shops in the Extension 6 area were looted.

Several shop owners voluntarily removed their goods and locked their shops.

On Sunday evening, nine people had been arrested for public violence and the possession of suspected stolen goods.

“Yesterday there were several people who gathered at the scene where the shooting occurred, but it is believed most of them were onlookers,” Dlamini said.

More arrests could be expected as operations continued.

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