The SAPS: cracking down on xenophobia – by stomping on people’s rights


This week the SAPS, backed by the army, conducted raids at hostels in Jeppestown and Alexandra in Johannesburg. Questions have been asked about the manner in which the raids were conducted. Doors were kicked down, and people were shouted at and manhandled. It’s clear that the dignity of the hostel’s residents was not respected. Although the SAPS claims that its values are to “protect everyone’s rights and to be impartial, respectful, open and accountable to the community”, this was not in evidence in the videos of the raids broadcast on television and passed around on social media.

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