Raid conducted in Thembelihle informal settlement

2015-04-30 05:48


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Johannesburg - Soldiers, police officers, metro police and home affairs officials were out in full force for a raid in the Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg on Thursday.

"We have surrounded the informal settlement and we are going in to conduct our operation," said Lieutenant Kay Makhubela shortly after 04:00.

The area had recently seen a bout of violent service delivery protests during which dozens were arrested and the local police station was torched.

Makhubela said the raid was happening because Thembelihle had been identified as a hotspot for violent criminal activity.

The law enforcers were expecting to find and confiscate drugs and weapons.

Home affairs officials would check the documentation of immigrants in the area.

The raid was expected to continue into the afternoon.

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