Body discovered during JHB CBD raids
A man’s body was discovered in a building raided during an anti-crime blitz operation in the CBD.
JOHANNESBURG - The body of a man has been found in a building which was raided during an anti-crime blitz in the Johannesburg CBD this morning.
Police, backed by soldiers, raided several buildings early this morning, including the Central Methodist Church, which previously accommodated displaced foreigners.
Hundreds of undocumented foreigners were also arrested and detained.
Picture: @sirnyasha via Twitter.
Police have now wrapped up their stop and search operation in the city centre leaving many people who were living in the Methodist Church displaced.
The operation is expected to continue throughout various hotspots, which have been identified as crime-ridden.
The police's Katlego Mogale says they believe the body might have been dumped there.
"A body of a man, aged between 35 and 45, was found during the operation this morning. At this stage it is unknown as to what transpired. Police suspect that his body might have been dumped."
After the deployment of the army following a flare up of xenophobic violence across South Africa, the police have been raiding various hotspots.
Similar crime prevention operations have been done in other parts of the country.
Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been arrested in these operations, while drugs and weapons have also been seized.
JOINT OPERATION CRITICISED
Meanwhile, the joint police and army crime prevention in the Johannesburg CBD has been criticised by a number of organisations after the arrest of at least 400 foreigners.
The organisations include Doctors Without Borders and Section 27.
A protest will be held at the Johannesburg central prison this afternoon.
The church previously accommodated foreign nationals.
Bishop Paul Verryn says this was insensitive.
"The church is sacrosanct and when guns, force and disrespect are the order of the day we've collapsed into a very serious place of darkness."