On Thursday, xenophobic attacks took place in Diepsloot, South Africa, with the residents demanding to hand them over a Zimbabwean man accused of killing a police officer last week.
Detective Captain Oupa Matjie was shot dead while chasing two suspects in the area. An unidentified Zimbabwean man had been arrested in connection with the murder on 17 January and was due in the Randburg Magistrates’ court on Thursday. The residents demanded the suspect to be released and handed over to the community, police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters confirmed.
When the police refused to let the suspect out, the protest erupted. The community members burnt tyres in the middle of the main roads and demanded all foreign nationals to leave the country.
“There’s no access to Diepsloot from William Nicol Drive or the N14. Protesters have placed rocks and burning tyres on R511 and Nkonyama Drive,” Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar advised. “The roads will remain closed because it is not safe to use.”
On social media, the users reacted urging the government to enforce stricter border controls.