ANCYL Alexandra chairperson Thulani Mncube said: "The ANC Youth League strongly condemns the action by thugs and sinister forces that are using hatred of foreigners to destabilise the township."
This follows violent attacks on foreigners by local Alexandra residents on Sunday and which continued into Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
"We are currently mobilising all our members in the township to identify and isolate these hooligans. Some of these criminals are trying to illegally occupy the houses using 'xenophobia' to undermine orderly housing processes," Mncube said.
"We therefore call on police to act harshly when dealing with the situation in the township.
"On Friday morning we are converging at the Sankopano community centre to march to the police station to demand swift action from the police."