Problem is crime, not xenophobia: Bheki Cele arrives in Joburg

Problem is crime, not xenophobia: Bheki Cele arrives in Joburg

- Police Minister Bheki Cele has denied any xenophobia in the recents protests plaguing the Joburg CBD

- Instead, Cele insists the roots of the problem at hand is simply pure criminality

- The minister has arrived on the scene in Gauteng to address the spate of violence and looting in the city

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Bheki Cele has reacted to the recent protests in the Johannesburg CBD, adamant that the violence has been sparked by criminality and not xenophobia. reported that protests, looting and destruction reared it's head in the Gauteng area again today.

The Police Minister spoke to media representatives from on the ground, addressing the situation and dubbing it a matter of national emergency.

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Citizens have weighed in claiming that an increase in crime, job loss and the distribution of counterfeit items, such as food and clothing, has been brought to the country by foreigners seeking to make their fortune.

A struggling economy, high unemployment rates and political uncertainty also seem to be playing a role in aggravating the situation at hand.

The Police Minister undoubtedly has his hands full at the moment with the SANDF deployed to the Western Cape and Gauteng facing continued unrest.

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