More attacks expected in Joburg
Rosettenville and Alexandra have been identified as potential hot spots for another spate of xenophobic attacks.
In a statement released yesterday, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba outlined a plan of action geared at preventing another outbreak of violence.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department, he said, would work closely with the SA Police Service to develop an operational response to any threats and attacks related to xenophobia.
“In the City of Johannesburg, focus for deployment will be Rosettenville as well as Alexandra on the basis of intelligence received,” the statement said.
A long-term intervention in the form of a migrant help desk was also announced by Mashaba yesterday.
“I call on all peace-loving South Africans to reject groupings that seek to place the blame for crime and unemployment squarely at the feet of foreign residents in our communities,” Mashaba said.
Comments Mashaba made regarding foreigners, before the outbreak of the first wave of attacks in Rosettenville, are being investigated by the Human Rights Commission.
Mashaba is reported to have said that foreigners who were in the country illegally were “criminals” and were “messing up” the city. Mashaba came under fire this week on social media for having played a part in reigniting tensions between locals and foreigners in the city.
– S’thembile Cele