Law enforcement at its peak in xenophobic hotspots

Foreigners are urged not to flee their communities following military deployment to hotspots.

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mpisa-Nqkula briefing media on the deployment of the army to monitor the situation in Alexander on 21 April 2015. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says the hunt continues for those behind the latest xenophobic attack in Alexandra, believed to be linked to the flare-up of xenophobic violence.

A couple was shot and wounded shortly before the army was deployed, in an attack that follows the stabbing of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole at the weekend.

Sithole's gruesome murder was captured in photographs that shocked the nation.

The military service has been called in to supplement police efforts, to restore order to xenophobia-stricken areas.

The decision to deploy the military follows the shooting of the couple on Monday, allegedly by three suspects pretending to be police officers.

Last night, Mothiba was one of the senior officers in Jeppestown where a dramatic raid was carried out at a hostel.

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Mothiba says they're looking for information.

"No arrests have been made yet. The police detectives are still investigating. We're making an appeal to our public and especially the Alexandra community to come forward with any information."

At the same time, State Security Minister David Mahlobo has urged foreign nationals not to flee the communities in which they live as law enforcement is now at its highest.

The minister has encouraged foreigners not to be intimidated by circulating text messages making threats of violence.

"When you leave your homes, those criminals then have an opportunity to go and ransack your homes, they'll loot when you're not there. And when you're getting those messages, whether they're true or not true, pass them to the law enforcements agencies."

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed a group of foreigners at the Alexandra Police Station last night on government's plans to control the situation.

A foreign businessman says he feels safer knowing that the military will be monitoring the township in the event of further unrest.

"When it's calm I think my problem is finished. It's going to be better because it's calm and what's happening, there's a plan."

Mapisa-Nqakula says the shooting of the Zimbabwean couple sparked the final decision from government to deploy the military to monitor xenophobia hotspots.

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The minister says South Africa can't afford to see any more violent clashes between locals and foreign nationals.

"In some of the areas, we've lost both South Africans and foreign nationals. It's not necessary. We're not here to protect the one group against the other, what is important is that there should be no fighting."