KZN xenophobia: Durban Point area ‘on edge’
Some foreign nationals say they’re armed in anticipation of further attacks and are prepared to fight.
DURBAN - Foreign nationals in the Durban Point area say they remain on edge following Tuesday's violence in the CBD.
They have armed themselves in an anticipation of further attacks by South Africans.
Six people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been killed in a wave of attacks on foreign nationals in several parts of KwaZulu-Natal, including KwaMashu and Umlazi, over the past two weeks.
The latest flare-up of xenophobic violence in the province saw violent clashes in the Durban's CBD on Tuesday afternoon.
WATCH: Xenophobic violence rocks Durban CBD
Some foreign nationals have told Eyewitness News they're prepared to fight back.
Nigerian nationals on Mahatma Gandhi Road say they're prepared to fight and will defend themselves, should they come under attack.
"They won't come back. Forget about what they say, they will not come here. We are ready for them."
A South African man standing right next to a group of Nigerians says all foreigners must go back to where they came from.
"I hate them so much because they hate us, so it's better if they go home."
There have been no reports of violence overnight.
And as more foreigners are relocated to refugee camps in Durban, police are maintaining a strong presence in the CBD this morning, monitoring the volatile situation.
The provincial government in KwaZulu-Natal set up four camps to house foreign nationals who have fallen victim to xenophobic attacks. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
Meanwhile, the Gift of the Givers Foundation has stepped in to assist displaced foreigners.
The aid group has set up a camp outside Durban, where dozens of people are receiving food and blankets.
Spokesperson Abdirisack Hashi says they're particularly concerned about women and young children.
"We are trying to protect them because you'll see when they're evited from their areas, they become more and more vulnerable."
At the same time, the Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations have condemned the spate of attacks on foreigners.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation's Sello Hatang says, "We would like to welcome the intervention of the state of our president and the Cabinet members who are involved and saying that all of us, we have to now guard against our utterances that can fuel this out of control."
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It emerged this morning that two security guards have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old boy in KwaMashu.
The boy was shot dead during what appears to have been a confrontation between the guards and a group that were looting a foreign-owned store in the area.
The owner of a security company with a big presence in KwaMashu says two of his guards were taken into custody after the teen was shot dead.
"They were facing a situation where the crowd were throwing stones at them, and some shots were fired. They responded with some warning shots. Four shots were fired in the direction of my guard, and he responded with two shots. It's believed the boy was shot from one of these two shots."
He says they're due to appear in court today.
"The boy was with the attackers. According to the guards, he was on the roof and the shots were coming from that direction."
The owner says virtually all of the 110 foreign-owned shops they protect have been abandoned, and he believes Tuesday night remained peaceful because those behind the attacks felt they had accomplished their mission.