South Africa 27.4.2015 04:12 pm

50 foreign nationals arrested in JHB

Police and army stand off in Esselyn Street, Hillbrow, to conduct a stop and search raid. Pic: Amanda Watson

Police and army stand off in Esselyn Street, Hillbrow, to conduct a stop and search raid. Pic: Amanda Watson

Police assisted by soldiers over the weekend arrested 50 illegal immigrants in Johannesburg, police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said on Monday.

Dlamini told ANA the arrests were made during crime prevention operations in Hillbrow, Mayfair and downtown Johannesburg.

All those arrested were taken to Hillbrow police station to be processed. All those who could not be documented would be taken to the Lindela repatriation centre, Dlamini said.

The police were inter alia searching for drugs, illegal firearms and stolen property, but no other arrests were made, he said.

Government last week began deploying the army to help police contain a wave of xenophobic violence that spread from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng, claiming at least seven lives.

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