UPDATE: Anti-foreigners march allowed to go ahead

Image: Corbis Protest against Xenophobia in 2008.

The anti-foreigners march has been approved by the Tshwane metro police department (TMPD).

The march will take place in Pretoria on Friday.

This comes after Mamelodi concerned residents applied for permission to march to the department of home affairs in Marabastad against illegal immigrants.

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Mayoral spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi said despite growing fears of violence, there was nothing strange about the TMPD giving permission for the march.

He said the permission came with strict conditions.

“We are a democratic country. People are allowed to voice their concerns, as long as they do it within the confines of the law,” said Mgobozi.

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He said police would be deployed to ensure no violence erupted.

Protesters from various parts of Tshwane are expected to meet at the old Putco bus depot at 11:00 in Marabastad.

From there they will head to the department of home affairs.

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David Matsena
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