Armed residents in Johannesburg have taken to the streets in a march against foreigners, demanding that they leave the country.
The protesters were armed with weapons such as knobkieries and sang that foreigners must return to where they are from.
Earlier on Sunday, 8 September, Johannesburg east hostel residents marched down Jules Street, armed with weapons like knobkieries and singing “foreigners must go back to where they came from”.
The group, which was described as numbered in the thousands by The Sowetan, were headed to where ex IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, was addressing a crowd.
Buthelezi had a hard time getting tensions to calm down as he talked about the xenophobic attacks in Mzansi. Despite the disruption, Buthelezi continued to deliver his speech.
Chair of hostel headmen (izinduna) in Gauteng, Siphiwe Mhlongo, said: “We are not happy with how government has tried to resolve the problems that the country is facing. The government must come speak to the people and explain what it is going to do with the foreign nationals who are here illegally.”
King Zwelithini told attendees at an annual reed dance recently that he plans on tackling the problem of xenophobia.
He explained that many people had been contacting him to ask his opinion on the matter of the attacks.