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AS IT HAPPENED | Bheki Cele calls for calm in Jeppestown

Police have opened fire on residents of Alexandra who looted shops in the area. (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)
Police have opened fire on residents of Alexandra who looted shops in the area. (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)

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 in Johannesburg and 

 

 in Pretoria.

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03 Sep 2019

JHB CBD is relatively calm following the violent unrest.

03 Sep 2019

A foreign national in the area says that taxi drivers began with the violence, saying he fears for his life.

03 Sep 2019

Johannesburg seems calmer now, but foreign nationals remain concerned about their safety.

03 Sep 2019

"We are emphasising the presence of the law enforcement until Sunday come" - Cele.

03 Sep 2019

"We expected it to be rowdy," said Cele.

03 Sep 2019

Cele says he has asked the police to "jack up the security" in the area.

03 Sep 2019

Cele says the government at all levels is briefed, and the government will approach the situation on a government level. He says a team is preparing for Sunday 10:00 to go and listen to what the grievances are.

03 Sep 2019

Foreign nationals have been begging the police to escort them safely out of the area.

03 Sep 2019

Cele has been inside the police station office in a meeting. He is stepping out of the building now.

03 Sep 2019

Residents say they do not have jobs and businesses and foreign nationals do. 

03 Sep 2019

Residents say that they do not want to stop the violence because they do not want any foreign nationals in Jeppestown.

03 Sep 2019

Jeppestown has been relatively calm and the police has helped foreign nationals safely leave the area.

03 Sep 2019

Cele called for calm and patience until the weekend to address the issues in the area. But residents complained that the weekend is too far, and that they want the problems to be addressed immediately.

03 Sep 2019

Bheki Cele said his visit is to listen to residents' grievances. He said they will meet at 10:00 to address issues raised by residents. 

03 Sep 2019

Police have opened fire in Jeppestown at a large crowd of protesters who were marching to Jeppe Police Station.

03 Sep 2019

Cele to meet with leaders of communities allegedly behind looting, violence 

Police Minister General Bheki Cele will on Tuesday September 3, 2019 meet with Izinduna from the Cleveland and Denver hostels.

It is at these hostels where some of the perpetrators of the looting of shops and burning of businesses and vehicles in and around the Johannesburg area are believed to come from.

Leaders from the hostels have requested to have an engagement with the minister.

03 Sep 2019

Govt blamed for spate of xenophobic attacks, as Ramaphosa remains silent

The Right2Know Campaign has blamed the government for the recent spate of violent attacks on foreigners.

Protesters and looters have targeted foreigners in different parts of Gauteng over the past few days. Shops have been looted, buildings and vehicles set alight and scores of people arrested since the weekend. 

Despite this, no official response has been received from President Cyril Ramaphosa since the outbreak of xenophobic violence.

Attempts by News24 to contact Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko on Tuesday were unsuccessful. WhatsApp messages went unanswered despite indications that she was online, and calls went unanswered or were ended. 

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03 Sep 2019

Police were still on high alert in the capital city where taxi operators allegedly tried to block several roads in the CBD, but police effected arrests and cleared the roads.

03 Sep 2019

Taxi operators have since distanced themselves from the looting, saying that criminal elements took their protest as an opportunity to loot.

03 Sep 2019

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South Africa has been hit by an outbreak of xenophobic violence in its biggest city, attracting criticism from other African nations in the week political and business leaders from at least 28 countries gather in Cape Town.

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03 Sep 2019

He said the chaos was contained to certain areas, while other areas in the CBD were business as usual. Naidoo added that crime intelligence were also pivotal in the arrests being made in both Pretoria and Johannesburg.

03 Sep 2019

Naidoo referred to the chaos which unfolded in Pretoria CBS last week, saying that it was overcome as quickly as it started. 

03 Sep 2019

"We could be using the time and resources on preventative and proactive police, Naidoo said. 

Naidoo also quashed concerns about crime intelligence not doing their work effectively in gathering information about these riots.

03 Sep 2019

National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo told News24 that police are prepared and equipped to deal with the criminality, adding that they are able to do so immediately. He did, however, say that incidents of this natures, drains the resources of the South African Police Service.

03 Sep 2019

While police are able to mobilise and immediately deal with the wholesale looting and rioting which started in Pretoria last week and has since spread to Johannesburg, these incidents have drained police resources.

03 Sep 2019

There is enough resources and manpower to deal with looting across the province. He promised that those orchestrating lootings of shops and attacks on foreigners will be dealt with.

03 Sep 2019

Makhura emphasised that xenophobic attacks will not be entertained in Gauteng. He said he will not apologise to foreigners involved in crime.

03 Sep 2019

Makhura said so far, Gauteng police are coping and are doing well battling with looting and criminal activities in the province. The situation so far is under control throughout Gauteng.

03 Sep 2019

Criminalisation of all foreigners is wrong and won't be accepted - Makhura

03 Sep 2019

Makhura said there are many foreigners in the country for good reasons and those involved in crime must be dealt with. We can't criminalise all foreign nationals and everybody must live by the rules of the country whether local or foreigner nationals.

03 Sep 2019

Government is revitalising the economy in townships and yet there are others who loot from businesses, Makhura said.

03 Sep 2019

Makhura has called for calm in the province. He said actions of looting can't be justified by unemployment and criminal activities. He said the state will not compensate all shop owners who have lost their goods.
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