- The Tactical Response Team has been hard at work in Diepsloot near Johannesburg
- After Police Minister Bheki Cele deployed the Amaberete, the community has felt safer
- The move had followed protests over crime in the region, allegedly at the hands of foreign nationals
Diepsloot residents feel safer after the deployment of the Amaberete Tactical Response Team in the region.
Briefly.co.za reported that residents had taken to the streets in protest of crimes the community claim was brought to the area by illegal foreign nationals.
But following the team's arrival in the region, over 100 foreign nationals have been taken into police custody.
While some residents are adamant the streets are safer for it, a few still are concerned over the unrest in the community.
One community member spoke to SABC about the situation, commenting that:
“Yes we feel safe. Before, when they weren’t around we weren’t as relaxed and free. In the past few days, we knew that when the sun sets, you should be home. Their operation and the way that they’re conducting it pleases me. I’m a Zimbabwean but the death of this police officer also affected me. We are here to work, we are hard workers. Even us they are hijacking us, they are killing us.”
A police officer's murder had been the straw that broke the camel's back, the latest in a string of deaths the community had endured.
However, a Malawian immigrant isn't as convinced about the police operation as others:
“I come from Malawi. I’m scared because here in Diepsloot people protested against people from Zimbabwe [for allegedly] killing a police officer. So I’m scared because I’m a foreigner.”
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