PRETORIA – President Jacob Zuma has tonight called for calm after police fired stun grenades,

  • Earlier on Friday police fired stun grenades, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse citizens and non-nationals in the Pretoria CBD.
  • PRETORIA – President Jacob Zuma has tonight called for calm after police fired stun grenades, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse citizens and non-nationals in the Pretoria CBD.
  • He urged everyone to work with authorities to fight against crime, which he says is the primary cause of the tensions.
  • The president says he convened a meeting with ministers in the justice, crime prevention and security cluster in Cape Town and directed them to look at further ways to increase the fight against crime as communities simply cannot continue to co-exist with illegal activity.
  • At the same time, police officers have left a Pakistani supermarket that a large group tried to break into to search for drugs.
  • Despite this, the shop owners say while they fear the group may come back, they won’t leave their property and their stock, saying they would rather die in it.
  • A large group of people tried to break into the store claiming the owners keep drugs and weapons.
  • But police stopped them and searched the building, finding nothing.
  • Police officers who kept the large group from coming closer to the shop to confront the foreign nationals have now left.
  • Many of the people who were part of the group have also dispersed for now.
  • One Pakistani shop owner says police searched their building and found nothing.
  • While police officers have offered to escort them out of the area, the shop owner says they are not going anywhere.
  • The owners and their fellow countrymen have begun fixing and welding the gate that the group dismantled, saying this premises will be their hiding place.

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