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Violence in SA as anti-foreigner shut down is ongoing

MEMBERS OF ADVOCATE FOR PEOPLES’ RIGHTS AND JUSTICE ON PEACEFUL PROTEST OVER THE ONGOING XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS TO NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA IN ABUJA ON MONDAY 2083/20/4/2015/HF/CH/NAN

An anti-foreigner shut down is ongoing in Diepsloot, Johannesburg North, South Africa, the Nigeria Union South Africa (NUSA) has said.

The report has not been independently verified by Radio Nigeria but according to an SunOnline, NUSA President, Adetola Olubajo, had said violence directed at foreign nationals, including Nigerians, started in Diepsloot area of Johannesburg Wednesday evening.

It said a message circulated by residents on Wednesday called for a total shutdown beginning from 4 am, Thursday, January 23, and directed each extension to organise itself to main roads.

The ‘no movement’ message had a further directive that all things will remain at a standstill until the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, addressed residents of the area, it said.

The residents demanded that law enforcement agencies must come to Diepsloot and close everything which was illegal and remove all undocumented foreign nationals.

“When we fight, we fight together with our kids,” the message read.

It further said: Olubajo added that the angry residents of the area began burning tyres and chanting songs, saying that foreigners living in the area must leave immediately.

Olubajo, however, said normalcy was restored temporarily in the area following the intervention of the South African police, adding that violence erupted again in the morning.

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