Army Raids Houses in South Africa, “2,000 Foreigners Arrested”


ZimEye is receiving reports of army raids on houses in Durban, Johannesburg Kimberly, and Kwazulu Natal where hundreds of foreigners have been arrested and detained since Thursday last week.

People who wrote in on Wednesday complaining and alleging this was “another level of xenophobic attacks” they claim are due to a secret agreement between Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma to deport all and any citizens found in that country. is reliably informed the raids are immigration visits to check in on people’s status and arrest any offenders. “The police have been conducting these visits since 1998,” a police source told

Police, along with the South African National Defence Force and Home Affairs, are conducting the recently-launched Operation Fiela, which targets criminal hotspots in the city.  The army was deployed to KwaZulu-Natal two weeks ago amid a spate of xenophobic attacks.

Police spokesman Thulani Zwane quoted by eNCA Africa said those who were arrested will appear in court soon and will be deported to their countries of origin.

Meanwhile one of the messages from a Zimbabwean news reader read: “I am in Kimberly in South Africa now. The South Africa government have deployed Army_Police_Home affairs agents since last week Thursday to raid foreigners at night.”

It continued, “they are raiding in Durban, Johannesburg Kimberly, and Kwazulu Natal, and other parts of Tembisa and Jimstone near Pretoria. Today only over 2,000 foreigners raided. They are not asking anything but are just arresting and putting people into the cells.

We heard that they have agreed with Robert Mugabe to deport all Zimbabweans from South Africa. Nomatter you have papers or not, you are just arrested,” they sensationally claimed.

“The situation is tense right now,” they said.

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