#Xenophobia: Police still closely monitoring hotspots

Officials say they've managed to stabilise the situation in Alexandra, Jeppestown and Primrose.

FILE: 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 - Police say they will continue to monitor xenophobic hotspots in Gauteng this week.

Officials said they've managed to stabilise the situation in Alexandra, Jeppestown and Primrose.

Last week, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula announced the deployment of the military to hotspots in parts of the country.

Since then, authorities have conducted raids and arrested around 300 people in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

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The police's Lungelo Dlamini said deployed law enforcement officials will remain in those areas.

"For the past few days we haven't experienced any violent incidents in those areas that were affected by crime. But our deployment is still there to make sure that all the incidents are monitored."


Over the weekend, an asylum seeker recovering in hospital after he was injured in an apparent scuffle between police and foreigners at a displacement camp in Isipingo, south of Durban.

The altercation was apparently sparked by an attempt by authorities to take down some of the tents housing people who have been displaced in recent flare ups of xenophobic violence in parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

At least seven people have been killed in the violence that first erupted in Isipingo, late last month.

Maison Bilomble's voice falters as he describes seeing police beat his friend.

Picture supplied by community leader Willy Chikuru (also took the image) - allegedly showing Burundian national Juma Saidi unconscious after being hit by police at Isipingo displacement camp in Durban.

Burundian asylum seeker Juma Saidi apparently lost consciousness after he was hit on the head with a pistol after an altercation with police members, when authorities tried to take down several tents.

The residents say when they protested, police became heavy-handed.

Friends of Saidi said he's in a coma, and they do not know whether he will survive, while other fearful residents appear traumatised and shocked and said they do not know who to trust.

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