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#NoToXenophobia: Police raid Madala hostel in Alexandra

For a second night in a row police and the army made their presence felt in hotspots in Johannesburg.

Police and the army raided the Madala hostel in Alexandra just before midnight on 22 April 2015. The move comes in a bid to quell xenophobic violence. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - For a second night in a row police and the army made their presence felt in hotspots in Johannesburg which have seen xenophobic violence.

Shortly before midnight, the Madala hostel in Alexandra was sealed off and raided.

This comes 24-hours after the Jeppestown hostel was searched.

At least seven people have been killed in South Africa's latest flare-up of xenophobia.

The raids were conducted in a similar manner with the same elite units securing the Alexandra hostel before each room was searched.

But there was a different atmosphere around this raid compared to the one in Jeppestown.

There was calmness about the operation with less aggression and more control.

Doors weren't broken down and while people were searched, they weren't forced to lie down on the floor in long lines.

Some casually carried buckets of water around while police officers swept through the corridors.

Following the Jeppestown raid, the Alexandra hostel residents were either expecting the police or may have even been tipped off.

Once again, soldiers secured the perimeter and stood guard.

Images: Thomas Holder/EWN

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