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Foreigners murdered in Diepsloot

It is alleged a Somalian shopkeeper shot dead two Zimbabweans who tried to rob his store in Diepsloot.

It is still unclear if the deceased were trying to rob the shopkeeper.

JOHANNESBURG - Two Zimbabweans were shot dead by a Somalian shopkeeper in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.

It remains unclear if the deceased were trying to rob the shopkeeper.

Crowds of people gathered at the scene, but were later dispersed by authorities.

Police's Lungelo Dlamini said, "Members of our Tactical Response Team were on the scene and had dispersed the crowd. We will monitor the situation and see what happens but the police will be in the area to make sure the place is safe."

At the same time Diepsloot residents said on Monday xenophobia was still rife in their community.

The informal settlement saw violent xenophobic attacks claim the lives of several foreign nationals in 2008.

Five years after xenophobic violence claimed numerous lives in Diepsloot, resident Alpheas Daphazi said he still did not feel safe.

"They say go back home and remove Mugabe. What are you doing in our country? Why are taking our jobs? Why are you taking our women?"

Daphazi was forced to move to Diepsloot in 2007 after violence in his country Zimbabwe became too much to handle.

He told Eyewitness News that foreigners in the community face a daily onslaught of insults from the community.

With elections due to take place in Zimbabwe later this year, Daphazi said he would like to return home to cast his vote so he can escape the abuse of the Diepsloot community.

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