Tense calm in Pretoria after xenophobic attacks

Tense calm in Pretoria after xenophobic attacks

Feburary  25 2017 – POLICE  are still keeping  a high visibility‚ with incidents of looting reported in Pretoria’s Sunnyside last (Friday) night.

Spokesperson for the Congolese community in SA‚ Prince Mpinda‚ said there were nasty confrontations in Sunnyside on Friday night as a group of locals from Mamelodi attacked immigrants.

He said the group came in bakkies‚ some carrying large sacks  hoping to  goods they would have looted from foreign-owned shops in Sunnyside.

“Since shops were closed‚ they tried to break in but owners managed to call others who came to their rescue. They were literally attacking the shops‚ trying to break down steel doors to steal. The police also came  quickly and arrested one of the leaders‚” says Mpinda.

 SAPS acting  national commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says 136 people were arrested in Pretoria West, yesterday  during an anti-immigrant march.

Mpinda said though calm has been restored‚ immigrants were still on high alert as the marchers did not succeed in looting their shops on Friday.

“The fear is that they did not get anything so they might return to give it another try. We have sent people to Marabastad and Sunnyside to brief each other on what to do next‚” he said.

Mpinda said to demonstrate their stance against crime‚ they have formed tip-off groups who will inform police whenever they are aware of criminal activities.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said the situation in all affected areas remained calm but said police are keeping a close watch.=

“It is calm as per our last update on Friday. We are monitoring the situation‚” he said.  –TMG Digital