No reports of xenophobic violence in KZN - police

2015-04-20 11:20
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban - There were no reports of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal overnight and early Monday morning, provincial police said, ahead of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's imbizo in Durban to snuff out xenophobic tensions in the province.

Spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said: "No violence in KwaZulu-Natal [overnight]. Things are calm. We are busy preparing for King Goodwill Zwelithini's imbizo."

Zwelithihi's imbizo with traditional leaders in Durban is expected to attract around 10 000 people, including Amakhosi, Izinduna and Amabutho [regiments] at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The imbizo was initially scheduled to be hosted at Curries Fountain Stadium, but has since been moved to Moses Mabhida Stadium to accommodate a possible influx of people.

Gauteng saw reports of overnight xenophobic violence in Actonville in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, where residents attempted to loot foreign-owned shops, clashing with police till the early hours of Monday morning.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini was not immediately available for comment.

Suspects arrested

Earlier on Monday, Dlamini said three people had been arrested in connection with the murder of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole.

"The suspects were arrested in Alexandra with the help from the members of the community," Dlamini said.

"Several exhibits that may be used as evidence were seized during the arrests."

The group was arrested on Sunday evening.

The 35-year-old Sithole was stabbed in Alexandra on Saturday morning and later died in hospital.

The three are expected to appear in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of murder.

Dlamini said a manhunt for a fourth person was continuing.

On Sunday, Gauteng police announced a reward of up to R100 000 for information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of those who killed Sithole.

UJ march

Meanwhile, University of Johannesburg staff and students will take to the street on Monday to march from the Auckland Park Kingsway campus to the Brixton police station.

Last week, at least six people died and thousands were displaced as hostility between some locals and foreigners escalated in Durban and parts of Johannesburg.

Earliest reports show that the first sparks were at the end of March, when the Daily News reported that crisis talks had started in the province on March 31 after 170 foreigners were displaced, sleeping on police station lawns and in their cars.

This seemed to be as a result of anger over an Umlazi business firing staff and replacing them with foreign nationals.

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