- Diepsloot residents are protesting violence within the community, allegedly carried out by foreign nationals
- Undocumented migrants have been accused of murdering members of the community, sparking the outcry
- Residents are now calling for a clampdown on all undocumented foreign nationals in the region
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Diepsloot residents have levied allegations against foreign nationals, claiming two community members perished at their hands.
The road into the settlement just north of Johannesburg has been barricaded, with the community calling on authorities to remove all foreigners without the legal permits to be in the country.
A community leader spoke to eNCA, explaining the cause of the riots currently taking place:
"The reason we are shutting down Diepsloot is because our people are dying. Our native South Africans are dying here in Diepsloot, at the mercy of foreign people who are not even documented. We have a couple of cases."
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The community leader called on the government to remove foreign nationals who are in the country illegally from the area, claiming that they are making the region unsafe for residents.
It is understood that two community members were murdered during the course of the week, with a police officer killed on Friday. Foreigners are suspected of being involved in the crimes.
While the protest has moved to the main roads in order to put pressure on authorities, police were on the scene and patrolling other parts of the settlement.
Briefly.co.za reported that in September, violence against foreign nationals in Gauteng had seen African leaders pulling out of the World Economic Forum, which had been hosted in Cape Town.
The violence had sparked retaliation in countries like Nigeria and Zambia, as citizens denounced what they perceived to be xenophobic attacks on their people.
This is a developing story, updates will be provided when more information becomes available.
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