Xenophobia inquest will focus on foreigners

The Human Rights Commission said on Friday that its investigations into the xenophobic violence which...

Jody Kollapen, SA Human Rights Commission chairperson. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The Human Rights Commission said on Friday that its investigations into the xenophobic violence which broke out in May 2008 would focus on interviewing foreigners and South Africans who were involved in the attacks.

The HRC said it wanted to get to examine the cause of the clashes as soon as possible.

More than 60 people were killed during the attacks while thousands of others were left displaced.

The organisation said it remained concerned about ongoing xenophobia incidents in KwaZulu Natal and the other provinces.

The view is that unless we have a accurate understanding of what caused the violence that so shocked the nation, we not going to be able to make that kind of intervention,” said the commission’s chairperson Jody Kollapen.