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South African Police Arrest Nearly 200 Illegal Immigrants to Curb Xenophobic Violence



Jacob Zuma

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

South African police and soldiers on Thursday arrested nearly 200 illegal immigrants.The criminal roundup came amid efforts by police to focus on immigrant neighbourhoods to prevent further xenophobic violence.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the arrest started after no fewer than seven migrants from other African countries were killed in such violence earlier this month.

“The migrants were arrested in the Thembelihle informal settlement, south of Johannesburg, which had been identified as a criminal hotspot,” police spokesman, Kay Makhubela said.

Police seized a firearm, drugs and pirated CDs.

According to reports, South Africans accuse migrants of taking scarce jobs, leading to attack of citizens of several African countries including Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Somalia and other countries in Johannesburg and Durban earlier this month.

South African police authorities have pledged to prevent such incidents, while the government announced the deployment of soldiers in parts of Johannesburg.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Lies.. Am sure most of the people arrested are not illegal and why is it that they are not arresting them white folks….. Nansence….

  2. nwa nna

    May 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    How does arresting immigrants solve the xenophobic killing that occurred and prevent future occurrences? Shifting the blame on immigrants does not address the underlying issue of a broken system that needs fixing by the SA government.

  3. Gistyinka Blog

    May 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    My SA friends please Say No to #Xenophobic , we are all Africans.

  4. lizelle

    May 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Good move. I have lived and worked in SA and i can authoritatively say some foreighners are not that innocent. My Igbo bothers have practically turned places like hillbrow into a drug, stolen goods supermarket and prostitution hell. I was actually shocked to see hillbrow was once an affliuent area during apartheid era.Mall robberies are committed by nigerians.Mozambicans and zims are known for house breakinns and spoiling the labour market by literally accepting peanuts for a 3 man job. But I think we Africans need to learn to care for the environment we live in,Most former whites only neighbourhoods now look inhabitable.Enviromental care and sanitation must be taught in every home by parents or schools.

    • olu

      May 1, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      How does this ‘good move’ help with the killing of legal immigrants. A i missing something??

    • cindy

      May 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      All you have said is trying to justify xenophobia. Seriously? If they want to arrest foreign criminals let the, but saying they are doing this to curb xenophobia is a no!


      May 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      You are talking real rubbish.

    • Gek

      May 9, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      What are you just saying,are you ok,what move so you support killing innocent souls and you called that nice be it to your own family

  5. prec

    May 1, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I am confused as to how that helps Xenophobia. Like i’m really trying to understand.

  6. amh

    May 1, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I once lived in South African. The igbos controll drugs narcotics and any form of drugs u know. Its really really bad. Lots of hang obs without jobs. And using south African girls to traffic drugs to the West to name a Few. When i was there. Dont think the igbos were involved in robbery. But thry do pick pockets and sell drUgs by thr road side. hillbrow is the headquarters. If you are non igbo and you r not into drugs dont even venture there. They have infiltrated the society. Its disheartening.

    • Phoebe

      May 2, 2015 at 9:50 am

      So are you saying that because of this, South Africans should kill ALL foreigners???
      I am really shocked at your point of view.

  7. Precious Core

    May 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    What about the people killing the immigrants? What has been done to them???

  8. kolab

    May 2, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Lizelle and amh this is exactly what our yoruba brothers do in London especially peckham, they have turned the place into a slum, pick pockets, gang culture, prostitution, fraud ..19 boys like they will call themselves and they even defecate in pubic places. You will be embarrassed to say you are Nigerian. We are very quick at singling out a tribe. Its a national issue and we’ve got to deal with it…well Thank God Buhari is here… The underlying cause of these problems are poverty and hopelessness. These guys need to come back home to job security and a decent standard of living..

    • kike

      May 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      I grew up in London and most of what you said is untrue. Drugs ke? Pickpocketing? Prostitution? Yes Peckham is overrun by Yorubas and there is 419 but those other crimes have never been associated with the UK nigerian community. If you want to say that all tribes commit crimes say that, but don’t make things up.

      Crime statistics show Eastern Europeans are the ones heavily involved in prostitution, sex trafficking and Pickpocketing. Who is trying to pick pocket someone in Peckham? Take several seats.

    • mjay

      May 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      at the long run, they are all Nigerians so people you are fooling yourselves by apportioning blames no tribe teaches or condone crime.

  9. Phoebe

    May 2, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Illegal or legal, no one deserves to be burnt alive simply because they are a foreigner. Period

  10. Dazzle

    May 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Looking to that day when every Nigerian in diaspora gets to eagerly rush back home because things are better off in the country.

    So sad indeed all in a bid for greener pastures. It is well indeed

  11. mrs chidukane

    May 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I love how our Igbo brothers are always singled out for drug trafficking meanwhile our Yoruba brothers and sisters were trafficking drugs before Igbo people. I thought a Yoruba person was among the Nigerians executed in Indonesi? Crime is crime, people from all the tribes who are jobless or lack moral compass partake in it. Let’s not make this an Igbo bashing event, cheers!

  12. lola carey

    May 3, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Pls uche of bn check ur is Igbo vs Yoruba.2 morrow Yoruba verses Igbo?

  13. Thomas Dave

    May 4, 2015 at 5:55 am

    I listened once by my grand pa” If you killed a human being so you have killed all the humanity ” We wrote many statements, such as, Humanity first, bla bla bla , why we are so different in looking and different in behaving.

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