SA police wary at criminals hiding under xenophobic violence
By NJABULO BUTHELEZI
DURBAN, (CAJ News) – POLICE in KwaZulu Natal have appealed to members of the public to report any criminal activity carried under the guise of xenophobic attacks.
The call follows the return of peace and calm in the then troubled province where six foreign nationals were killed with more than 2 000 others displaced.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, expressed concern that common acts of criminality or protest marches were being circulated to fuel unrest related to the attacks on foreigners.
“All cases reported to the SAPS are thoroughly investigated to determine if they are related to the recent wave of attacks on foreign nationals,” she said.
“It is irresponsible to attribute acts of general criminality to the unrest as it could cause undue panic and compound the current situation by fanning the flames of violence,” Ngobeni added.
She said to date, there were no reports of further acts of violence against foreign nationals while the situation has returned to normal.
Ngobeni said nonetheless the law enforcement agency would remain deployed in the hot spot areas to ensure peace and stability continued to prevail in Durban and surrounding areas.
– CAJ News
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