Police: killing not linked to xenophobia

Durban police said they were investigating a case of vigilantism after an attack on three foreigners there...

South African Police Service officers on duty. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

<?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Durban police said they were investigating a case of vigilantism after an attack on three foreigners there.

The incident happened in the port city’s CBD at the weekend when an armed gang of men believed to be South Africans attacked the trio.

A man believed to be a Malawian national died and two others were seriously injured after they were apparently forced to jump from a building in the Durban CBD at the weekend.

Police denied the incident was linked to xenophobia saying the attack was an act of vigilantism, but residents claimed that foreigners were behind a spate of robberies in the area.

No arrests had yet been made, but police were investigating a case of murder and two of attempted murder.