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PTA group vows to go ahead with anti-immigration march

The group says it will go ahead with the demonstration on Friday despite the TMPD rejecting their application to do so.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba engaged residents of Rosettenville about the crime and challenges in the area but residents say they have had enough of foreigners running brothels and selling drugs. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

PRETORIA - A group which has planned a march against foreigners in Pretoria says it will go ahead with the demonstration on Friday despite the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) rejecting their application.

The 'Mamelodi Concerned Residents' intends marching to the Home Affairs Department to protest against government allowing immigrants into the country.

Dozens of shops and properties owned by foreigners have been targeted in Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Pretoria West and Rosettenville this month, raising concerns of a flare-up in xenophobic violence.

A leader of the Mamelodi Concerned Residents told Eyewitness News that they believe their democratic right to demonstrate is being violated and that the march will go ahead.

It’s understood the TMPD had security concerns in light of recent attacks against immigrants.

Coalition of Civics against Xenophobia coordinator Mametlwe Sebei says they’re organising a campaign to fight xenophobia.

“This includes organising community patrols against xenophobic mobs, destruction of property and killing of immigrants.”

He has urged the public not participate in the anti-immigrant march.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)