- President Cyril Ramaphosa has slammed the police for their treatment of foreigners in Diepsloot following the recent violence
- Ramaphosa accused the police of using apartheid-era tactics while interrogating foreigners and demanding their identity documents
- The president warned that those actions take South Africa back to the dark days of apartheid and the pass laws
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BLOEMFONTEIN - President Cyril Ramaphosa slammed the police for the apartheid-era tactics they used on foreigners in Diepsloot.
The police had reportedly stopped foreigners and asked them to produce their identity documents which harked back to days when the pass laws were in effect.
Ramaphosa slammed the police for treating people who were already under attack by questioning the victims about their identities and subjecting them to humiliating treatment.
He said that it "takes us back" to the apartheid way of doing things. The president spoke to journalists in Bloemfontein and was asked about the police stopping foreigners and asking for them to prove their identities.
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The Sowetan LIVE reported that police minister Bheki Cele refused to answer questions about the death of Mbodazwe Elvis Nyathi who was allegedly murdered in Diepsloot during the recent violence.
Cele visited Diepsloot along with Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. The police minister defended the actions of the SAPS during and after the protests according to News24.
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Earlier, Briefly News reported that calls for peace in townships are being made after the United Democratic Movement (UDM) wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to consider forming a multi-party committee.
This comes after the protests against foreign nations broke out in Diepsloot which resulted in the arrests of several people and the death of one.
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The leader of UDM Bantu Holomisa believes that the government has failed the people living in townships. In an interview with SABC News, he said the government cannot be a “father charismas” to illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, Diepsloot residents were grateful for the police’ efforts to bring a sense of peace to the area following protests and arrests that took place recently.
Source: Briefly News