Calm in Grahamstown after xenophobic attacks

2015-10-23 11:15
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Grahamstown - Calm has prevailed in Grahamstown after a day of violence, arrests and reported xenophobic attacks on Thursday.

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Speaking to News24 on Friday, police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender said authorities had established relative calm after a day of chaos.

“By the evening we only received one or two reports of violence. This morning has been fairly quiet as well. Police are however maintaining a high level of visibility and patrolling in the Joza area and the CBD.

“We have also gathered a number of foreign nationals and moved them to a safe location to avoid any further issues.”

On Thursday Rhodes University moved off campus foreign students onto the campus for their safety. More than 1 000 students from other countries are registered with the university, with the bulk living in campus residences.

Police had arrested over 80 suspects following looting of several foreign owned businesses in Grahamstown and Joza. The suspects are expected to appear in court on Friday. They will face charges of public violence.

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