- Police in eMalahleni recently launched an operation to shut down illegal businesses in the region
- However, several foreigners have accused the police of arbitrarily confiscatng their property
- As a result, the High Court ordered that the police be investigated on charges of xenophobia and harassment
It appears that several political parties have taken a harsher stance toward foreign nationals.
Similarly, police in areas like Mpumalanga have come down harshly on businesses operated by foreigners without proper documentation.
Some of these measures against foreign nationals have drawn criticism. For example, police recently launched a major operation during which they shut down more than 150 illegal shops in eMalahleni.
However, foreigners have accused them of arbitrarily confiscating their property and cracking down on their businesses. As a result, the High Court ordered the police to put a stop to the operation, according to eNCA.
The Court also instructed Independent Police Investigative Directorate to look into claims of xenophobia against the police, as well as harassment of foreign nationals.
In response, police have said that they will challenge the ruling.
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