Police have arrested a number of undocumented immigrants in a series of raids in the Johannesburg CBD
The busts have drawn a divided response on social media
– Some support the police crackdown, while others claim that the operations are at least partly xenophobic
Police in Johannesburg have launched a series of raids this week under the name Okae Molaeo.
These operations have led to several arrests and have received praise from Police Minister Bheki Cele and Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
The raids have also received a lot of attention on social media but have drawn a decidedly mixed response.
We are cleaning up our CBD," Makhura posted on Twitter. "We are sending a very strong message to all those who think they can occupy our buildings illegally."
Some people on social media welcomed these busts, with one saying, "How I wish this operation #OkaeMolao to be extended to Durban CBD, especially in South Beach."
Another wrote, "#OkaeMolaothat's one way to get shit done. We can no longer be emotionally blackmailed by foreigners."
Nathi Xequar also dismissed suggestions that the raids had a xenophobic element.
"This not a xenophobic act," she wrote. "Each and every country has laws and we all have to abide by them."
Others, however, argued that there were problems with the raids. One social media user questioned why police were focusing their energy on undocumented immigrants rather than taking action regarding "sex slaves, human trafficking and crack down on drugs".
— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) August 7, 2019