Locals and foreigners were protesting against the attacks on foreign shop owners last month.

JOHANNESBURG – Heavily armed police stopped a march by locals and foreigners in the Johannesburg CBD against xenophobia, with police saying it’s illegal.

Protesters dispersed after being confronted by police.

There was widespread looting in Soweto and other areas last month after a foreigner allegedly shot dead a 14-year-old boy.

Today’s chanting and singing was soon replaced by shouting after the march was stopped.

The African Diaspora Forum and the United Front, together with various organisations, had been protesting against the attacks on foreign shop owners last month.

However, just 20 minutes after the JMPD began escorting the march, they turned on protesters and told them the march was illegal.

Chairman of the Gauteng Community Policing Forum Andy Mashaile confirmed the march to be illegal.

“Upon closer investigation by SAPS they discovered that there was no such court application.”

Protesters tried to force their way through the police line but were unsuccessful.

Businesses in the area closed but protesters were escorted back to Peter Ross Park.


(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)


A protest in the Johannesburg CBD against xenophobia. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.