'98% of foreigners at KZN camp without papers'
The Durban Mayor’s office says almost all of the people at the camp arrived without passports or IDs.
DURBAN - Government officials at the Phoenix Displacement Camp for victims of xenophobia in Durban say close to 98 percent of the people there don't have identity documents or passports.
The number of people in the camps is fluctuating as some choose to go back to their countries and others return to their communities. The camp in Phoenix has now become the largest, with around 2,400 displaced people.
In the camp there are three marquee tents filled with food, sanitary supplies, mattresses and blankets but most of the people are still sleeping outside.
Sipho Mthethwa from the Durban Mayor's office says almost all of the people arrived at the camp without passports or IDs.
"Most of them don't have IDs and those who claim to have them say they were misplaced during the chaos."
He says many of them have chosen to go back home and has stressed that no-one is being deported.
"Those who voluntarily want to go back to their countries will be assisted and those who want to be reintegrated into the communities will also get help."
There are 2,400 people and most of them are foreigners who lived in Durban's northern areas.
EASTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS VIOLENCE
The Eastern Cape government has condemned the looting of foreign shops in the province and urged police to take decisive action following the looting of at least four shops in Cala, near Queenstown on Friday.
The looting was apparently prompted by the arrest of a Zimbabwean man for the murder of a local.
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Meanwhile, Eastern Cape Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana has urged residents not to allow criminal elements to take advantage of their concerns.
Tikana's spokesperson Ncedo Kumbaca has warned that locals not to attack foreign nationals as they could be charged.
"All those who are involved in activities of attacking foreign nationals are going to be charged criminally. Police are working around the clock to check all those people that are involved and we're going to arrest them."
Kumbaca says community police forums are discussion the issue with residents and are doing everything possible to avoid further violence.
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"We're trying to ensure that no one gets involved in these activities again because we want to make sure that our province doesn't get affected by what we've seen in other provinces."
Foreign nationals who were attacked in the chaos are still at a place of safety.
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