Confrontations between Somalis and locals, police fire rubber bullets

The march against foreign nationals in Tshwane has turned violence.

According to EWN reporter at the scene, Barry Bateman, two groups of hundreds of Somalis and South Africans have confronted each other before police intervened in the capital.

Police had to fire stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the two groups.

Listen to EWN's Barry Bateman below to hear more about the confrontations...

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it wants all leaders to take responsibility and engage on roots of the problems leading to South Africans resorting to violence and taking law into their own hands.

Cosatu spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, says communities are struggling a vulnerable leading them to look for a scapegoat.

Pamla says if government doesn't intervene social order cannot be maintained.

Their basic instinct then lead them to attack those they believe are not part of the society.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu spokesperson

Hear more from Cosatu in the audio below...

Shukri Dies of the Somali Association of South Africa says police have targeted Somalis with rubber bullets and stun grenades who have not done anything wrong.

Dies says the violence is due to Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba's statement saying criminal activities in the city are linked to illegal immigrants.

Ahmed Kathrada Foundation's Shaun Bolton says the foundation is extremely worried about the attacks on foreign nationals.

Bolton says there is a growing frustration around issues of governance, service delivery and crime.

He says South Africans are now using foreign nationals as scapegoat because they are the most vulnerable in the society.

Bolton blames Mashaba and some of government's programmes.

Listen to the audio below for a full Midday Report's #ForeignerMarch coverage...


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