Nigerian shops are the most targeted shops in the community where people believe that they sell drugs. Yesterday police raided a Nigerian shop and took the owner with them. Rumours say he didn’t have papers to operate the Gold and Diamond exchange shop that he owned.
Here is how citizens of Diepsloot feel about the raid;
“the raid has helped a lot, our community now has peace we are no longer living in fear of what is going to happen to us when we are sleeping, because police are everywhere.”
“I don’t like what is happening in this community we are also people like them, they should treat us like one. If they want to raid our houses or shops they should do it with respect and also respect our privacy its not every foreigner that is in Diepsloot without legal papers.”
The Diepsloot community descended into chaos in the week of Monday, 20 January, shortly after a revered police officer, Captain Oupa Matjie, was killed by five suspects believed to be foreign nationals.
Community leaders complained that if the government did nothing about unruly and undocumented foreign nationals, they could be forced to take matters into their own hands.
Diepsloot has been the scene of unrest for about a month. A special task team was deployed to the township to get things under control and it seems a crucial part of their mandate is to remove all undocumented foreigners.
A special task team was also formed with the mandate of searching every housing structure in Diepsloot and arresting undocumented foreign nationals.
Businesses are raided and foreign nationals, believed to be in South Africa illegally, are taken into police custody for questioning, rumours say they are being taken back to their home countries.
Thanks minister Bheki Cele now police are all over Diepsloot looking for undocumented immigrant. pic.twitter.com/xm0qZr9Rpr
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