Johannesburg – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department wants to ensure peace and stability in areas that have been “earmarked” as problematic, following violent attacks on foreign nationals at the weekend.
Gigaba is heading up a government delegation, along with Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, in the south of Johannesburg, following attacks on Nigerian nationals in Rosettenville over the weekend.
Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said nine people had been arrested over the weekend and that the police were continuing to patrol the area.
On Saturday, 10 houses were set alight after angry residents claimed they were being used as brothels and hiding spots for drug lords.
Fed-up residents had taken to the streets the previous Sunday, forcing their way into homes believed to be used for drug dealing and prostitution. They carried out the furniture and set it alight.