Police have arrested 42 suspects since the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in Tshwane, Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange said on Thursday.
Of the 42 arrested, 27 were undocumented foreign nationals.
One person was arrested for carrying an illegal firearm, while another 14 were arrested for possession of drugs or dealing in drugs.
She warned that Police have noted the criminality and will act harshly against anyone found to have been involved in organised criminal acts such as inciting violence, business robberies, looting, arson, public violence, possession of or dealing in drugs, and prostitution.
De Lange urged both South African and foreign nationals, to refrain from deliberately inciting the public to commit acts of violence and from taking the law into their own hands.
She said police will continue to monitor the areas closely and no effort will be, “spared in ensuring that the criminals are brought to book.”
She said Rosetenville residents had been instrumental in the arrests providing police with information.