JOHANNESBURG - Atteridgeville residents in Pretoria have described how protestors have started to block roads with burning tyres ahead of today’s planned anti-immigrant march.
At the same time, President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence between locals and foreigners in recent weeks.
Dozens of foreign-owned shops and properties have been looted in Pretoria West, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville over the last two weeks.
Earlier this month, locals in Rosettenville, in southern Johannesburg, torched 12 houses believed to be drug dens and brothels.
Today a group calling itself the ‘Mamelodi Concerned Residents’ is planning to march to the Home Affairs Department to protest against illegal immigrants in the country.
On Thursday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba confirmed the march will be going ahead in the CBD.
One Atteridgeville resident says the situation is tense.
“They (the protestors) are gathered there by Maunde and Khoza Street. There are tyres burning. I see a very small amount of people but motor vehicles are not able to pass. I see them going on the eastern side of Attridgeville, I think they also want to close the entrance.”
Eyewitnesses have also raised concerns about a lack of police at the scene.
Pictures are being circulated on social media showing what appears to be people looting a truck.