Angry mob chases out foreign-nationals in Tembisa

By Doug Mattushek - 13 September 2019Views : 14418

Police confirmed that around 40 foreigners took refuge at the Tembisa police station after being forcibly removed from their homes.

The Sowetan reported that residents of Tembisa, near Johannesburg, were approached late on Wednesday night by a group of armed locals demanding to see their identity documents, after which they fled.

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"About 40 foreigners had to run to the Tembisa police station and transport was arranged to take them to the shelters in Katlehong," acting spokesperson for Ekurhuleni municipality, Solly Mashabela, told The Sowetan.

"I heard that on Wednesday a group of people were chasing away foreigners and burning their shacks and most of the foreigners were displaced. But no one opened a case as they just ran away."

A man from Port Elizabeth, who asked to remain anonymous, described the scene.

"When I opened the door, a group of community members armed with sticks and pangas forcefully entered my shack and some started helping themselves to my furniture," he said.

"I told my girlfriend to run away with our daughter as I tried to explain to the people that I am South African."

"Things are bad here," said another female resident, orginally from Zimbabawe.

"We do not want to attract attention to ourselves. As women we fear for our lives because we don't know when they will come knocking on our doors."