KZN man arrested for inciting xenophobic violence

By Doug Mattushek - 09 September 2019Views : 560


A man in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands was arrested after he called for foreign nationals to be attacked on Facebook.

The Daily News reports that an Underberg resident called for the community to attack foreign nationals and their businesses on Friday last week. Shop owners went to the police station to report the social media post and police followed up with an investigation, leading to the arrest of a 27-year-old male. 

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"It is alleged that on 6 September 2019, more than 20 foreign nationals operating businesses in Underberg reported to police that there was a post on Facebook inciting the Underberg community to attack all foreign nationals and their businesses in the area," revealed KZN police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele.

"The post mentioned the names of the businesses that should be attacked.Police immediately commenced with their investigation which led to the arrest of the suspect at his place of work at a farm in Underberg. He was taken to the Himeville police station for detention. His electronic devices were seized for further investigation.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewprasad revealed that police are on alert around the Durban CBD to deal with any disruptions.