Violence erupts as Pretoria po

Violence erupts as Pretoria police prepare for today’s anti-foreigner march [video]

Things are already getting rough in the City of Tshwane.

Violence erupts as Pretoria po

This morning Tshwane has been victim of road blockages by protestors in Atteridgeville and a shop owned by a foreign national has been looted.  The protest actions comes as later today the Mamelodi Concerned Residents group are set to march to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria. The event has been organised as an act of protest against immigrants in South Africa.

The march arrives as xenophobic tensions are once again at boiling point in some parts of the country, “scores of people” are expected to attend the march today. Tshwane metro police are handling security with extra officers and law enforcement officials being deployed in their numbers along the march route and at the memorandum hand over point.

For the last two weeks Rosettenville residents have been on a witch hunt for Nigerians in the area, residents say that they are the source of their community’s criminal activity.  This targeting of Nigerians has led to MTN’s office in Nigeria being damaged in retaliation as part of an anti-xenophobia protest.

In the last few hours there have also been reports of journalists being threatened by protestors. Governemnt officials from all levels have come out against xenophobia in all shapes and forms.  Both President Zuma and Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba have spoken out and called for calm.Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, came to the defense of foreigners, calling them “our African brothers and sisters.”

If you are in or near the Tshwane Atteridgeville area, or travelling to it, please be cautious as things are already turning violent and it  looks like things will only get worse as they day continues.