136 arrested in Pretoria during xenophobic violence - Phahlane

2017-02-24 15:59
Protesters in Pretoria. (News24)

Protesters in Pretoria. (News24)

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Pretoria – Police arrested 136 people in Pretoria West over the past 24 hours, including during an anti-immigrant march on Friday morning, acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane said.

“Although people from Mamelodi marched peacefully, a group from Atteridgeville threw stones and bricks. Confrontation with non-South Africans ensued,” he told reporters.

The violence broke out during an anti-immigration march organised by a group calling itself Mamelodi Concerned Residents.

Phahlane could not say how many of those arrested were foreigners and how many South Africans.

“The situation may be exaggerated by some for their own gain. At this stage, the situation remains under control.”

The march was not solely about immigrants, but also about foreigners being involved in crime, he said.

The City of Tshwane had approved the march.

“Our Constitution provides for people to express their views. Laws provide for people to apply for a march or protest."

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