15 arrested in anti-xenophobia operations


South African Police have arrested 15 people including foreign nationals in Mahikeng, North West, as police operations backed by the army continue in different provinces.

Hundreds of suspects have been arrested since last month as the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was called in to support the police in a major law enforcement drive aimed at stopping the recent wave of xenophobic attacks.

North West provincial police spokesperson, Sabata Mokgwaabone gives details of the operation.

“We have managed to arrest three people for possession of drugs which is dagga and then one person was arrested for illicit cigarettes. We also arrest four suspects for malicious damage to property, burglary as well as theft. Seven undocumented persons are detained. Two vehicles were seized with chassis numbers tampered with and we have taken them in for inquiries.”

In East London, police have arrested more than 180 people including 120 suspected illegal immigrants.

In KwaZulu-Natal, 108 suspects have been arrested for a range of offences, including drug dealing, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and being in South Africa illegally.