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27/02/2017: Joint Operation Centre and JMPD on high alert following alleged xenophobic violence in Jeppestown
27 February 2017
Yesterday evening, alleged xenophobic violence broke out in the Jeppestown area which spread to the corner of Main Reef Road and Jerusalem Street where foreign-owned shops were looted.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department is on high alert and is working closely with the SAPS in containing any possible xenophobic attacks or related crime and we have metro police officers on the ground feeding information back to the nerve centre, ready to deploy officers 24 hours a day.

As part of the Gauteng Provincial Joint Operation Centre (JOC) we are also working with SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to develop strategies and action plans to deal with xenophobic situations.

Xenophobia and racism has no place in our society and it, along with the looting, intimidation and violence that are associated with these outbreaks, must be condemned in the strongest regard.

As a caring and pro-poor government, we advocate for a tolerant and inclusive society and it must be understood that the assault, looting and damage to property associated with these alleged xenophobic crimes, is nothing but acts of thuggery.

This issue must be placed squarely at the feet of national government who must take an un-muddled stance on immigration policy implementation and also guarantee the safety of foreign nationals who contribute to the economy of the City.

National government also needs to be transparent as to the number of successful convictions and correctional measures imposed against xenophobic criminals.

We encourage residents and community organisations to furnish us with information of any planned violence, and we will do our utmost best to contain the situation and ensure the safety of our residents and their businesses in the City.

For further information contact
MMC Michael Sun
082 822 9340
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Last Updated on 27 February 2017