Since the long weekend, leading to Freedom Day celebrations, police in KwaZulu-Natal have not had any reports of violence or unrests related to the recent attacks on foreign nationals.
As they continue to monitor the so-called hot-spot areas including Pietermaritzburg, all appearances are that tensions have abated and that the situation has normalised in the province. Although many foreign nationals are justifiably apprehensive at the moment, they are gradually moving back into the communities where they had lived prior to the violence and their businesses have opened for trade. Some continue to live in the various refugee camps while others have opted to return to their countries of origin. Police are monitoring the refugee camps to ensure the safety of the foreigners and see that they do not come under any attack.
“The police Nyalas and Public Order Police (POP) vehicles can still be seen slowly patrolling the Durban city centre and other areas in the townships that have been bedevilled by attacks on foreign nationals and associated unrest over recent weeks, even though the situation has normalised,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni. She further thanked the members for their continued support in stabilising the situation in the province and restore peace in the community. “Our detectives will also work around the clock tracing those who were involved in criminal activities during the unrest.”
Initiatives by civic organisations, faith-based institutions, State departments and the subsequent visit by the Head of State, the Honourable President Jacob Zuma to the affected townships as well as the peace imbizo called by the Zulu Monarch, His Majesty King Goodwill Zweithini, seem to have paid off.
Source : South African Police Service