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Plato condemns murders of Pakistani nationals

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says the recent murder of Pakistani nationals was unacceptable.

Relatives of five men who were shot dead in a house in Mitchells Plain on 19 March 2013. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says the senseless murder of five Pakistani nationals in Mitchells Plain earlier this week portrays a bad image of South Africa to the rest of the world.

On Thursday, Plato met with the victims' families.

According to police, a group of people entered a house apparently being used as a bakery, demanded the safe and opened fire on six occupants.

Plato says images of the scene have been sent across the world and is big news in Pakistan.

"It sends out a wrong message that we don't want foreign nationals in the city and in the country. We will do everything in our power to spread the message that attacks against any foreign national must come to an end."

Plato says the Pakistani community is furious about the senseless killing.

"The relatives and friends of the deceased are very heartbroken but also very cross with what has happened."

Police have since arrested a 28-year-old man and recovered a firearm and the safe.