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Govt. won’t financially assist foreigners

The Western Cape Government will not be offering displaced foreigners in De Doorns any financial aid.The...

A group of foreign nationals in a temporary camp set up after tensions with locals in De Doorns. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/Eyewitness News

The Western Cape Government will not be offering displaced foreigners in De Doorns any financial aid.

The safety site where the immigrants have been living since November 2009 will be shut down at the end of May.

Hundreds of foreign nationals were displaced and had to flee their homes following an outbreak in xenophobic violence.

The province’s Hildegaard Fast said they did not qualify for financial compensation.

“We have confirmation from the UNHCR that there will not be compensation provided because they do not fit the definition of people who would qualify for assistance.”