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A MEETING meant to quell the xenophobic violence between residents of Westernburg and Zimbabwean nationals degenerated into a tense standoff yesterday.
The meeting at the Westernburg community hall was organised by the department of safety and security and the SA Police Service.
It was attended by Limpopo safety and security MEC Dikeledi Magadzi and other government officials.
Tensions rose when angry residents demanded the immediate release of fellow residents who were arrested after the attacks on Monday.
Police said 12 people were arrested in connection with the attacks and face charges of public violence, assault and attempted murder.
The residents told Magadzi that they would only start the meeting if the residents were released.
They also demanded that representatives of political parties other than the ANC to attend the meeting.
They also demanded that the Zimbabweans leave their area within 24 hours. They accused them of being responsible for a spate of criminal activities in the area.
They also accused them of being responsible for the murder of Steven Hamilton, 23, on Sunday and the alleged rape of a young girl in the area.
Magadzi, however, told the residents not to take the law into their own hands because "you too would be arrested".
"If anyone has concrete information about the people who killed Hamilton, then provide us with that information. We will see to it that the law deals with the suspect. We are aware that some of you sell drugs to young people but point fingers at the Zimbabweans."
In response, some residents walked out, shouting derogatory words at Magadzi and the police.
Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe told Sowetan the six Zimbabweans admitted to the Polokwane Provincial Hospital after they were assaulted and left on the street by the residents were discharged yesterday.