According to CNN, South Africa soldiers raided Jeppestown hostel where just days before South Africa locals terrorized the streets and promised to drive out their immigrants neighbours.
"We've identified a number of hot spots where we'll be running numerous policing operations supported by the South African defense forces,” said National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.
Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula announced the plan to deploy an undisclosed number of troops to areas where police are spread too thin while trying to curb deadly attacks against immigrants.
"This intervention is not an indictment on the police. We are coming in because they need that support," she said after visiting Johannesburg's Alexandra Township, where the brutal killing of Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole was captured in pictures.
Sithole's images were plastered across front pages and social media, prompting SA President Jacob Zuma to say, "It makes us look bad." CNN reports.
Pikkie Greeff, who runs South Africa's largest military trade union, says those photos contributed to the government's decision to deploy troops.
According to reports by CNN, Hostels have always been traditional no-go zones for the South Africa police.
However with a massive show of force armed soldiers establishing a perimeter outside and elite police units searching inside the raid went off without incident.