Pretoria protest: Police deny xenophobia as calls for deportation rise

Pretoria protest: Police deny xenophobia as calls for deportation rise

- Calm has been restored in the Pretoria CBD after protests resulted in shops being looted and even set on fire

- Authorities say 17 arrests have been made, but deny any evidence linking the incidents to xenophobia

- Meanwhile, South Africans are calling for action from the government, adamant that foreigners should return to their native countries

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Tshwane law enforcement has denied any links between the protests that shook Pretoria and xenophobia. reported yesterday that the death of a taxi driver had sparked the community to take action, with a protest quickly regressing to looting with shops owned by foreigners raided and set alight.

The police in the region insist that the incident holds no evidence of ties to xenophobia, confirming that 17 arrests were made in connection with the protest, reports the SABC.

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eNCA reports that transport official Sheila Senkubuge insisted that the taxi industry isn't at odds with foreign nationals, commenting that:

"It seems to be a case of alleged drug lords and drug users. The taxi drivers have felt a need to protect their streets and that's how this happened. We don't condone vigilantism, we are leaning on law enforcement to handle this situation but I don't believe that's it's a case of xenophobia or fighting against Nigerian nationals."

However, it seems as if citizens have a different perspective on the situation, take a look at some comments below:

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