Police Minister Bheki Cele has called for the shut down of hijacked buildings as they are often believed to be a hive of criminal activities.
Cele was addressing the Yeovillle community in Johannesburg, during an imbizo.
The residents were complaining about the high crime rate, drugs and prostitution dens, amongst other issues.
Cele says the buildings include so-called guest houses, where they had to rescue 13 young girls.
“Those buildings are nothing, but dens of criminality. If we don’t find their rightful owners, we shut them down. We can’t have the so-called guest house, where ubaba, unfortunately is a foreign national and the girls we found are South Africans. It can’t be tolerated. Nobody is xenophobic here, but we will have to defend ourselves if there is an attack that happens to South Africans, especially young girls,” says Cele.
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