Uitenhage police near Port Elizabeth have vowed to unleash the full might of the law to those responsible for the on-going violence and looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals.
This after the home of a local councillor was burnt to the ground and streets across Kwa Langa and Rosedale townships were blockaded with burning tyres.
Protesters are demanding that land be allocated by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for shacks while waiting for RDP houses.
Police spokesperson, Gerda Swart says arrests are inevitable: “The SAPS strongly condemns the acts of lawlessness around the Kamesh area following the incident where a house was burnt and shops belonging to foreign nationals were looted. Strong police presence will be maintained and those breaking the law will face the full might of the law.”
Councillor Buyisile Mkhavu, who is also Portfolio chairperson on Human Settlements in the metro, says despite losing most of his belongings in the fire, he will not be deterred from performing his duties.
“I have lost everything except my bedding. People would remember that I built that house when I was a senior traffic cop even before I became a councillor, so I have invested a lot in that particular house so I have lost everything but this is not going to put me off.”