Makhura meets with foreign business owners

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is meeting with foreign business owners in Mayfair.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is addressing hundreds of foreign business owners in Mayfair. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of foreigners have gathered at a community hall in Mayfair in Johannesburg where the victims of the Soweto attacks have taken refuge.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is meeting with them.

This week has seen violent attacks against foreign business owners in various parts of the province.

The violence was sparked by the death of a 14-year-old boy in Soweto on Monday.

Three people have been killed this week.

Makhura is expected to address hundreds of foreigners who have taken refuge in the Johannesburg CBD.

The community hall has been filled to capacity with victims and community leaders.

Many of the business owners in attendance say they fear to go back to Soweto where their lives are now in danger.

Makhura is expected to engage and pledge solidarity with the foreigners gathered at the venue.

Meanwhile, calm has been restored in Soweto following looting on foreign owned businesses.

However, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has ordered officers to remain on standby and monitor the affected areas.

Meanwhile, Lawyers for Human Rights have labelled the violence xenophobic saying it is an indication of a lack of tolerance and compassion for foreign nationals trying to make a living in South Africa.

The organisation says it's however pleased with swift police action to quell many of the attacks which have led to more than 170 arrests.

The organisation's Patricia Erasmus says, "I think at the end of the day violence is complicated and it can't be attributed to a single cause. But what is definitely the case is that there shouldn't be a vigilante reaction. There shouldn't be a mob justice reaction to any event or perceived event."