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KZN safety ministry calls for end to xenophobia

The provincial department has called on community leaders not to take matters into their own hands.

FILE: Hundreds of foreigners protested in the Durban CBD on Wednesday.

JOHANNESBURG - The Community Safety Ministry in KwaZulu-Natal has called for an end to the xenophobic attacks in the province urging all community leaders to help reintegrate foreign nationals back in their communities.

The provincial department has called on community leaders not to take matters into their own hands.

This comes after a series of attacks in Malukazi and Chatsworth following comments made by King Goodwill Zwelithini that foreigners must leave South Africa.

Provincial department spokesperson Sipho Khumalo says camps have been set up to accommodate over 200 displaced foreigners.

"The MEC has had a very busy day today attending and launching interventions that seek to end the attacks on foreign nationals. Last week in Isipingo mostly Congolese were attacked."

At the same time, dramatic images have surfaced on social media that show riot police shooting blue dyed water from cannons at hundreds of protesters in the Durban CBD.

Police monitored a march of over 300 foreign nationals who protested against the recent xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal.

It is understood permission was granted for today's march but police cancelled it, saying they could not guarantee the safety of demonstrators.