UDM requests Ramaphosa to form multi-party committees in townships, following Diepsloot protests

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The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting that he consider forming a multi-party committee to help restore peace to townships and protect the country’s sovereignty.

This follows recent tensions in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, where violent clashes between foreign nationals and locals have led to a spate of killings.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says, “The people in the township and rural areas have been neglected. The state has failed completely. When you discuss the issue of immigration and so on, we need to sit down and look at which role must be played in this instance? It is where you need the summit of SADC to say let us cooperate.”

Below is the full interview with Holomisa:

Cele to visit Diepsloot again

Meanwhile, Minister of Police Bheki Cele is expected to visit Diepsloot for the third time in as many days after alleged murders took place over the past weekend, culminating in the reported stoning and burning of Zimbabwean national, Elvis Nyathi, to death on Wednesday night.

Cele has promised to reinforce police resources in the area by providing more police vehicles and deploying top detectives to deal with rampant crime in the area.

Diepsloot Protest | Community leader Kutlwano Moalosi condemns the violence: