- Diepsloot residents are adamant that protests in the region will continue until Minister Bheki Cele takes note
- Unrest in the region broke out on Thursday in response to allegations against foreign nationals
- Residents say the community is tired of living in constant fear
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An ANC councillor says Diepsloot residents will continue protesting until Police Minister Bheki Cele hears their call.
TimesLIVE reports that Abraham Mabuke revealed the community is living in fear after recent crimes in the area and have had enough:
“The protest is all about crime. From November last year until now, we've witnessed 10 murders. We are sick and tired of crime, we are no longer free. We are scared to walk around the streets. We find ourselves in the same situation as Cape Town people who are struggling with gangsterism.”
Briefly.co.za reported that a community leader claimed the spate of murders taking place had ties to undocumented foreign nationals.
READ ALSO: Diepsloot protests: Calls for removal of undocumented foreigners
Residents had blocked off streets, preventing traffic from travelling past the settlement north of Johannesburg.
The community has called for the minister's attention, urging him to conduct raids in the area in order to remove anyone in the country illegally.
In response to the situation, Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela called for calm, saying the shutdown bordered on inciting violence.
Mawela confirmed that a police officer had been fatally wounded in pursuit of suspects, but urged the community to avoid jeopardising the case against the suspect currently in custody.
A resident denied the movement had any ties to xenophobia, commenting that:
“This is not a xenophobic [attack]. As South Africans, we are more advanced and can speak English and sophisticated words like xenophobia. But there is a problem."
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