More at­tacks ex­pected in Joburg

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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

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