Minister to address victims of xenophobia in Isipingo

Malusi Gigaba has apologised to foreign nationals who have been left destitute after xenophobic attacks.

Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs is expected to hold discussions with residents of Isipingo, KwaZulu-Natal following the forced evictions of foreigners in the area.

Minister Malusi Gigaba has apologised to foreign nationals who've been left destitute following the xenophobic attacks.

Last week, more than 200 people were forced to take refuge in a safety camp after they were violently evicted by locals.

Community members are reportedly accusing them of threatening their job security.

Violence erupted in the area when locals began looting foreign-owned shops and demanding that they leave.

Officials have hidden the location of the safety camp where over 200 foreigners are receiving shelter to avoid further violence.

The department says it will begin working to ensure the reintegration of foreign in the town.

In January, there was widespread looting of foreign owned shops in Soweto.

The unrest was caused by the death of 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori, allegedly by a foreign shop owner in Doornkop, who had accused him of attempted robbery.

The looting and violence spread beyond parts of Soweto and claimed at least six lives, including that of a baby.