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#Xenophobia: Police and military raid Jeppestown hostel

The Police Commissioner says raids like this sends a message that police are "taking back the streets".

Police made several arrests during an overnight raid at a Jeppestown hostel in Johannesburg. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says the raid at a Jeppestown hostel overnight is the first of many which will be carried out province by province.

The dramatic raid led by the police but supported by the army was a response to the flare-up of xenophobic violence which has claimed at least seven lives.

The police's Kay Makhubela said dagga and stolen goods were seized.

"Eleven people were arrested for these crimes. We will be continuing operations like these around Gauteng."

Phiyega described the presence of the soldiers as a "force multiplier".

"Anyone who doesn't see force in a combination of the police and defence, must be blind." (sic)

Phiyega says the raids will send a message that the police are "taking back the streets".

Floor by floor, room by room, dozens of police officers searched the hostel.

Heavily-armed tactical teams led the way by kicking down doors and forcing those inside out into the corridors.

#Xenophobia PHOTO: Army out in full force in Jeppestown pic.twitter.com/2n2N3SW7OW

Once the hostel was secure, and all the rooms inspected, police officers gathered outside to take stock of what was confiscated and to deal with those who were placed under arrest.

Soldiers waited patiently outside and sealed off the entire area.

#Xenophobia PHOTO Raid in Jeppestown pic.twitter.com/t8vqc6NTUh

There was no resistance to the raid, but once police and army began leaving the scene, hostel dwellers began venting their anger by shouting from the staircases and windows.

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