Foreign nationals in Johannesburg central business district stand their ground when crowd tries to attack them on Wednesday afternoon POLICE were on high alert in Jeppestown on Wednesday evening amid fears of xenophobic violence following standoffs between foreign store owners and a crowd of unknown attackers.Police presence was high on Jeppe Street in downtown Johannesburg earlier Wednesday, where foreign nationals stood their ground when a crowd tried to attack them.This comes as xenophobic violence has escalated in townships around Durban. The violence in Durban has claimed five lives and displaced 1,000 foreign nationals.Wednesday’s standoff took place while the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African Revenue Service were combing the streets to confiscate counterfeit goods in the city centre.Though witnesses said the standoff was not xenophobic, the majority of people targeted were foreigners.Every ten min...

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