Over twenty foreign-owned shops and other properties have been vandalized and looted in the City of Tshwane over the past two weeks as some residents continued with threats and violence against foreign nationals in South Africa's capital city.
This resulted with a march by some City of Tshwane residents on Friday, 24 February 2017 against immigrants which saw the protestors hand over a memorandum to a representative of the Department of Hime Affairs at their head office, where the march ended and was dispersed by police using, in some cases, rubber bullets.
Residents burning tyres and blocking roads in Atteridgeville, City of Tswane | Twitter
A group of people, Mamelodi Concerned Residents, marched to the Department of Home Affairs to protest against illegal immigrants in South Africa and accused them, among other things, for dealing in drugs. This march was given permission by the relevant South African authorities to go ahead with Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, also having confirmed that they expect it to reach the CBD.
Tshwane is not the only place to be experiencing violence against foreign nationals in South Africa at the moment as earlier in February 2017 some residents of Rosettenville in the south of Johannesburg burned and vandalized over 10 properties which they claimed were being used by foreign nationals as brothels and drug dens.
Although South African President, Jacob Zuma, has come out to condemn the violence against immigrants, there's sentiment that some politicians are fuelling some of the hatred against foreign nationals given how earlier in February 2017 City of Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, accompanied by city officials and police raided Rosettenville and targetting only foreign nationals in their alleged bid to stop crime in the area.
Mashaba has since come out condemning violence against foreign nationals.
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Cover Image Credit: City of Tshwane on fire following anti-immigrants march | Twitter