Police issue warning ahead of peace march

By Drum Digital
16 April 2015

Do not disrupt peace march, says Police.

Police have issued a stern warning that anyone planning to disrupt the peace march against xenophobia through the Durban city centre todaywould be “dealt with”.

The march, led by religious and political leaders, is expected to start at Curries Fountain at 10:00 and move through the central business district to City Hall.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a “strong contingent” of officers would be deployed in the city to monitor the march.

While he could not be drawn to comment on the exact strength of the force for security reasons, he said that anyone inciting violence would be met with strong resistance.

“We want people to be aware that we will have a large force present in the city of Durban. This alone should serve as a deterrent to anyone who thinks it is a good idea to start causing trouble. They will be dealt with,” he said.

It comes as local, provincial and national government initiatives to reintegrate thousands of displaced foreign nationals back into their communities gather steam.

Durban was brought to a standstill on Tuesday as groups of locals and foreign nationals clashed with police.

Similar violence broke out in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, with thousands forced from their homes overnight.

Source: News24

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