They're just sick of crime: Krugersdorp residents deny xenophobia accusations

They're just sick of crime: Krugersdorp residents deny xenophobia accusations

Krugersdorp residents have denied accusations that they were Xenophobic.

The anti-foreigner allegations followed residents setting fire to immigrants’ homes, accusing them of drug dealing.

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The fires, which could be seen as arson, took place during a protest by Krugersdorp citizens, who were fed up with crime in the community. gathered when police tried to intervene, their cars were thrown with stones and protestors soon started to target police stations.

A satellite police station in Munsieville was burned down and another one in Kagiso was attacked, eNCA reported.

Since the protest on Monday, Krugersdorp residents had been accused of hating foreign nationals.

According to one resident, William Moagi, the protest was not about xenophobia, it was about creating a safe environment by ridding the community of drugs and prostitution.

"I can’t pinpoint Nigerians, no it’s everybody. Even South Africans can be drug dealers. We are tired of these drugs.”, Moagi added.

However, Krugersdorp resident and South Africans were not at all happy about the police acting against the protestors.

#krugersdorpShutdown went viral on Twitter, with people expressing their disapproval on the SAPS ‘turning’ on South Africans and protecting the ‘criminals’.

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