South African police have rounded up more than 100 undocumented foreign nationals in a township north of Johannesburg following days of protests over the murder of a police officer.
Captain Oupa Matjie was murdered in Diepsloot during a confrontation with a suspected robber. Residents accused a Zimbabwean man of killing him – his photograph was widely circulated on social media.
Report say the suspect was arrested by the police, however, residents stormed the police station on demanding officers hand over the suspect to them for jungle justice.
Disappointed that they could not have their way, the residents took to the streets targeting informal businesses owned by foreign nationals, who are often blamed for every social ill in poor communities.
Many South Africans who live in the area have condemned the targeting of foreigners, others have warned African migrants to behave or leave the country.
The migrants arrested were handed over to immigration officers from the Department of Home Affairs who have been deployed in the area.
But the situation remains tense in Diepsloot after officers raided homes on Tuesday morning in search of undocumented foreigners.