South Africa 15.4.2015 11:54 am

Foreigners closing shops in Joburg CBD

FILE PICTURE: The sun sets over Newtown, Johannesburg. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: The sun sets over Newtown, Johannesburg. Picture: Alaister Russell

Foreign nationals are closing down their shops in the Johannesburg CBD in fear of possible attacks on Wednesday.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said police were monitoring the situation. “What we have observed is that foreign nationals are closing down their stores. We have not received any reports of violence or attacks so far,” he said.

Attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops started in Isipingo outside of Durban a week ago and spread to KwaMashu, Umlazi and Chatsworth.

A number of criminal cases have been opened at various police stations in the Umlazi and Chatsworth areas.The cases included public violence, business robberies, murder, attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property. A total of 48 people had been arrested by Tuesday.

On There was a stand-off between large groups of foreign nationals and locals in central Durban which resembled a war zone on Tuesday. Despite being attacked, having their shops looted and being left stranded, foreign nationals have remained adamant that they would not be forced out of the city of Durban.

READ MORE: Officers ready to move if xenophobic attacks spread – Phiyega

 

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