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ANC labels KZN xenophobic attacks as 'barbaric'

ANC condemned the attacks against foreigners in KZN, calling them “unpardonable” and “barbaric”.

Foreign nationals gesture after clashes broke out between a group of locals and police in Durban on 14 April, 2015 in ongoing violence against foreign nationals in Durban, South Africa. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has now admitted that acts of violence in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are xenophobic and has labeled them a "shameful assault to Africa's humanity".

The ruling party lashed out at the media during violence that erupted in Soweto earlier this year and downplayed the acts as pure criminality.

It has now come out in condemnation of the attacks against foreigners in KZN, calling them "unpardonable" and "barbaric".

LISTEN: Xenophobia in KZN: Why are they attacking us?

The party's spokesperson Keith Khoza said, "These attacks are certainly xenophobic, focusing on foreigners, which is a sad thing."

Khoza says South Africans are currently spitting in the faces of those who helped them during apartheid.

"You know when we were faced with the situation of fighting apartheid, we received refuge in countries all over Africa and this is not how we advocate for change this early in our liberation."

At least five people have died and thousands others have been left homeless following clashes between locals and foreigners.

Some business owners whose shops have been looted in areas including Ntuzuma, Umlazi and KwaMashu are now taking refuge in places of safety.

WATCH: Xenophobic violence rocks Durban CBD

As police maintain a heavy presence in parts of KZN, reports of a possible flare up of violence in the Johannesburg CBD have now emerged.

An eyewitness claims people are looting foreign-owned shops in the Johannesburg CBD and some foreigners have now closed their doors.

"The CBD was stable, but now people are actually coming and robbing people."