This morning I visited the scene in Jules Street, Malvern in east Johannesburg where a mob stirred up by xenophobic sentiments caused damage to a number of shops last night.
Most people I spoke to thought that criminals were behind the violence as only one foreign-owned shop was targeted, and windows were smashed at some local shops.
Damaged shops included an automotive supplies store and an electrical wholesaler (photos available on request).
The violence was pre-planned as the police had received a tip-off and on special patrol in the area.
The police acted well in stopping the violence and arresting 12 people.
Prompt and severe action must be taken against criminals who stir up xenophobia for their own nefarious ends.
I commend the members of the public who tipped off the police so that they could prevent a nasty situation getting out of hand.
We need more such cooperation in stopping this heinous crime.
Jack Bloom MPL
DA Constituency Head – Johannesburg East
082 333 4222