KZN xenophobic attacks: Foreigners asked to avoid hotspots

Camps have been set up in Chatsworth where families can stay until the situation is calmed.

FILE: A foreign national stands by the open window to the makeshift kitchen at a sanctuary after he fled violence against foreign nationals owning spaza shops. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police have advised foreign nationals residing around hotspots where xenophobic attacks have been reported not to go back to their homes.

In the latest attack, two Ethiopian nationals are currently being treated for burn wounds after being petrol bombed last night in Umlazi.

The police's Thulani Zwane said, "Two foreign nationals were sleeping in a container which is also a tuck shop when someone threw a petrol bomb in their container."

Camps have been set up in Chatsworth where families can stay until the matter has been resolved.

Violence began soon after King Goodwill Zwelithini was last month quoted as saying that foreigners must leave South Africa.

A total of 17 people have since been arrested for murders, assault, business robberies and public violence.

Zwane says the provincial police commissioner has ordered that more officers be deployed to hotspots this morning.

"Since the incident, we've already arrested 17 suspects for various charges including public violence, assault, robbery and murder."

KZN police have deployed extra officers to several hotspot areas in the province where xenophobic related attacks have been reported recently.

Police will continue to maintain a strong presence in areas like Umlazi, Isipingo, Chatsworth and Malukazi this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Education Department has reaffirmed its stance for history to be taught at all schools so South Africans can understand the role other African nations played in abolishing apartheid.

As xenophobic attacks around parts of the country gain momentum there have been calls for Ubuntu and social cohesion to be introduced as subjects in schools.

The Education Department says it already teaches tolerance in life orientation and has asked churches and communities to help them in spreading the message.