Xenophobia fears on East Rand
Johannesburg - Seventy-one people have been arrested in Katlehong for sending intimidating letters to foreign-owned businesses, police said on Thursday.
Lieutenant-Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said the arrests were made on Wednesday night after the notices were distributed giving foreign business owners seven days to vacate their premises.
The letter from "Greater Gauteng Business Forum" threatened drastic action against business owners who did not comply.
"The Gauteng SA Police Service is in possession of the alleged letter and views it in a serious light," Ndou said.
He advised business owners who had received the letter to lay criminal charges.
The 71 would appear in the Katlehong Magistrate's Court on Friday.