Klerksdorp residents torch homes of foreign nationals

September 10, 2018 3:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

JOHANNESBURG – Angry residents in Klerksdorp have torched homes belonging to foreign nationals.

Two people have been killed, including a taxi driver whose body was discovered with stab wounds on Sunday.

It’s understood a group of taxi drivers set out to avenge the death of their colleague and they allegedly stabbed a 28-year-old Zimbabwean man in the chest.

The police’s Sabata Mokgwabone says public order police have been deployed to the area.

“Taxi drivers converged and went to one of the taxi ranks where they allegedly set alight hawkers’ stalls. They were apparently accusing Nigerians of the killing of a taxi driver and a Zimbabwean man was stabbed by the taxi drivers.”

Two separate cases of murder are being investigated.

Meanwhile, government has condemned the violence.

Cars and homes were damaged in Monday afternoon’s arson attack, however, the police have not linked the protest to the murders.

Mokgwabone said: “We can confirm that the situation is currently calm. Earlier, residents set alight properties belonging to foreign nationals and we’re not sure what led to the unrest.”

Government has appealed to residents to allow the police space to investigate and restore order while North West Police Commissioner Baile Motswenyane has urged residents not to take the law into their own hands.

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