Overnight xenophobic violence in Actonville

Residents have told EWN the clashes between police and locals continued until around 2am.

Hostel dwellers in Actonville on the East Rand went on a rampage on 19 April 2015, throwing stones at police and trying to loot foreign owned businesses. Pictures: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Hostel dwellers in Actonville on the East Rand went on a rampage last night, throwing stones at police and trying to loot foreign owned businesses.

Stones and bricks are strewn all over the streets blocking the flow of traffic.

#Actonville Stones were thrown at foreign national owned shops and police last night.

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Residents have told Eyewitness News the clashes between police and locals continued until around 2am.

A man who says in a flat built on top of foreign owned shop says he feared for his life.

"Police were firing rubber bullets on them. They tried to break in, also, they were throwing stones on passing cars, they were breaking cars."

Two police nyalas have been parked close to the area where officers tried to stop the protest.

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CAPE AUTHORITIES ON HIGH ALERT

Cape Town law enforcement officials are on high alert amid the xenophobic violence that plagued parts of the country this month.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says authorities are on standby should foreigners come under attack in the city.

De Lille says areas where foreign nationals have businesses are being monitored in case any violence erupts.

"We are now on high alert. We have got all our metro forces, we had a meeting with Saps to make sure that should it [xenophobic violence] occur we are able to respond to it immediately."

De Lille was elected the new leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Western Cape at the weekend. He newly appointed deputy Bonginkosi Madikizela has also condemned the xenophobic attacks.

"There is no way the kinds of action that we have seen can be condoned."

The DA leadership has promised to visit affected by the violence.

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