KZN suspect arrested for allegedly inciting xenophobic violence online

KZN suspect arrested for allegedly inciting xenophobic violence online

- A man has been arrested in Kwa-Zulu Natal for allegedly purposefully inciting violence against foreigners via Facebook

- SAPS explained that the social media post was reported to them and they subsequently arrested a 27-year-old suspect

- The post in question made mention of specific shops owned by foreigners that they said should be targeted and attacked

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A 27-year-old man was recently arrested by Kwa-Zulu Natal South African Police Service (SAPS) officers for threatening foreigners and inciting violence via social media.

According to The Citizen, it was reported that a report was made to the police regarding a Facebook post made by the suspect, which encouraged South Africans to attack foreigners.

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The post also pinpointed specific shops owned by foreigners in the area, which the suspect told people to storm and raid.

The post was reported to the police by more than 20 foreign national persons living in the district.

Briefly.co.za gathered that members of the KZN SAPS then managed to investigate the incident and track down the writer of the post.

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The man in question was subsequently arrested and a case was opened against him, for intimidation and incitement to commit public violence.

“Police immediately commenced with their investigation which led to the arrest of the suspect at his place of work at a farm in Underberg. He was taken to the Himeville police station for detention. His electronic devices were seized for further investigation. He will appear in the Underberg Magistrates Court soon,” KZN Police Spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, told the public.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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