Cops, army raid Methodist Church in JHB CBD

Police and members of the army are raiding several buildings including the church.

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 - It appears the well-known Methodist Church in the Johannesburg CBD has been caught up in the police's latest crime prevention operations, and is currently being raided.

Dozens of people have already been rounded up.

Officers are now guarding the entrance of the church, and are not allowing anyone to enter.

Some belongings of people who are occupying the premises illegally lie outside.

Police cars are combing the area as stop and search operations continue in other parts of the CBD.

Many foreigners say they don't know where they're going to sleep tonight.

The raids began during the early hours of this morning.

The police's Katlego Mogale confirmed the operation.

"It is not limited to the church, its several places inside the CBD. It's a stop and search, and crime prevention operation we're embarking on within the CBD. There are several places identified where the operation is taking place."

After the deployment of the army following a flare up of xenophobic violence across South Africa, the police have been raiding various hotspots.

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Illegal goods worth R11 million were confiscated during an anti-crime raid in Bellville yesterday.

Twenty nine people were also arrested for various crimes during the operation.

Law enforcement and Home Affairs officials backed by the military swooped on the Bellville CBD, searching for counterfeit goods, illegal firearms and undocumented immigrants.

These include hostels in Jeppestown and Alexandra, the CBDs of various provinces, and areas like Marikana.

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Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been arrested in these operations, while drugs and weapons have also been seized.