At least 91 people have been arrested by the Police in South Africa. They were arrested on Monday in connection with the fresh wave of violence against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in parts of the country.
According to reports, in the attacks which began in the early hours of Sunday resulted in the death of three people who were burnt alive while at least 50 cars were either vandalized or set ablaze.
A Police spokesperson in the country Captain Mavela Masondo confirmed the attacks and subsequent arrest of four people where he was.
“We were called to a building in Jeppestown around 5 pm. When we got there, we found that three people had died and people began to loot shops. We immediately arrested four people with stolen property,” he said.
Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, the Gauteng police spokesperson, said that on Monday, 71 people were placed under arrest in the province for looting and being in possession of stolen property and also for public violence.
The police in Durban confirmed that 20 people have been placed under arrest after the violent truck protests resulted in a full-scale attack.
Brigadier Jay Naicker, the police spokesperson revealed that it was a busy weekend for them in the province.
The Ministers of Employment and Labour, Police, Transport and Home Affairs, in South Africa held an urgent meeting to discuss the continued xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the country on Sunday night.
The development made many foreign nationals in various parts of South Africa to stay away from work over the attacks.
“I was afraid to go to work today because of the attacks. Luckily, my boss is from Zambia so he agreed when I requested to work from home,” said Thando Nxumalo, a Zimbabwean national living in Johannesburg.
The Nigerian authorities have also raised concern on the recent attacks on its citizens living in the country as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, issued a warning on his twitter page condemning the attacks and saying, “enough is enough”.
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Source: The Citizen News Tanzania