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‘Operation Fiela’ sweeps through Grahamstown

Four people were arrested following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in the community.

FILE: Government's Operation Fiela has swooped on the area and four arrests have been made. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Grahamstown, the government's Operation Fiela has swooped on the area and four arrests have been made.

Police also recovered more than 20 chest freezers and fridges believed to have been stolen during looting of shops owned by foreigners in Joza township and Grahamstown last week.

Nearly 500 foreign nationals were displaced and are being housed in a place of safety during the attacks.

Some families have been separated by the violence.

The foreign nationals have been accused of several murders in the community.

The police's Sibongile Soci said, "The stolen property was recovered. We have household items including fencing and hardware. The property that was recovered is believed to have been stolen when the community members started looting shops that belong to the foreign national last week."

At least 97 people were arrested on public violence charges related to the acts of criminality and looting are due in court today.