More police deployed to Diepsloot in bid to restore calm in wake of protests

An extra 16 police vehicles have now also arrived in the community to assist specialised teams to make arrests and deal with the crime in the area.

South African Police Service (SAPS) officers are seen as community members protest against the rise of crime in the area in Diepsloot, South Africa, on 6 April 2022. Picture: GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Police have deployed more officers to Diepsloot where tactical response teams and detectives are on the ground to restore calm to the area and increase policing.

More than 50 people have now been arrested after 27 more illegal migrants were arrested during an operation on Thursday night.

An extra 16 police vehicles have now also arrived in the community to assist specialised teams to make arrests and deal with the crime in the area.

On Thursday morning, Elvis Nyathi was killed in a mob attack by a group of criminals who went from house to house searching for illegal migrants.

The police's Athlenda Mathe said that it was calm in the community for now, while officers monitored the streets.