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Watch: The So-Called Peaceful March Against Foreigners Turned Violent

Police reacted as different groups of protestors became increasingly agitated

24/02/2017 19:12 SAST | Updated 28/02/2017 15:46 SAST

Amid growing xenophobic violence, a group calling itself the Mamelodi Concerned Residents on Friday held a march in Tshwane to protest the presence of immigrants in the country.

The group handed over a memorandum at the Home Affairs Department, despite not receiving police clearance for their protest.

A spokesperson for the group, Oupa Mtshweni, said part of the memorandum's demands was for government to "stop telling foreigners to come to South Africa", and concerns around asylum-seekers, jobs and criminals.

While the group said they had planned a peaceful march, they were joined by a group from Atteridgeville and the event became violent.

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