Foreigners ask Primrose cops for help

2015-04-16 06:53
People stand outside shops that were closed after rumours started circulating about violent mobs. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

People stand outside shops that were closed after rumours started circulating about violent mobs. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - About 20 foreigners arrived at the  Primrose police station on Wednesday night saying they were scared, Gauteng police said after an afternoon of attacks and vehicle stonings in Johannesburg.

''The group of foreign nationals went to the police station saying they are afraid for their lives,'' said Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo  Dlamini.

Earlier, groups of people had gathered in the Jeppestown section of Jules street, near the Wolhuter Hostel, and threw stones at passing cars.

One woman, Carol Lloyd, said she was annoyed that they had thrown stones at her car as she usually took that route to get to the highway for her home commute.

Reporters on the scene saw people running up to passing cars and trying to force their doors open.

An Ethiopian man was also filmed having a brick thrown at him.

In Dobsonville, to the west of Johannesburg, two Somalis were attacked and robbed in their shop.

An ambulance was parked outside the shop and one man was seen in the ambulance with a bandage around his head.

Residents stood around and were upset by the incident saying they did not understand why anybody would want to attack them.

One of the men was thought to have been pistol whipped and the other hit by a glass bottle.

The perpetrators fled the scene immediately afterwards.

Dlamini said he was not aware of that incident.

The SA Police Service and metro police said they would be monitoring the city and surrounds on Thursday to prevent any violence.

President Jacob Zuma called for calm in special pre-recorded messages broadcast on public radio and television, after five people were killed in clashes between foreigners, locals and police in Durban since Friday.

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