Gigaba: Xenophobic attacks have been contained

The Home Affairs Minister says attacks on foreigners have been contained & normality is being restored.

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.

DURBAN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals have been contained, and police must maintain the stability that's been brought about through increased deployments.

Gigaba has confirmed that 350 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops have been deployed to the country's borders, and says law enforcement agencies must now focus on pre-empting other attacks in different areas.

Yesterday, the minister accompanied President Jacob Zuma to a displacement camp set up in Chatsworth, KwaZulu Natal where people from Malawi, Somalia, Zimbabwe and Burundi have been staying since violent xenophobic attacks forced them to flee from their homes in the city.

Gigaba says normality is slowly being restored.

"What we're also trying do, is to pre-empt any other outbreak that may take place, either in Gauteng or in other provinces, so that we do not keep chasing these criminals."

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Zuma yesterday cancelled his visit to Indonesia in order to attend to the attacks on foreign nationals.

He was due to travel to Indonesia tonight for a state visit and to attend the Africa-Asia summit.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will replace the president in Indonesia.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is the latest head of state to weigh in on the xenophobic attacks that have gripped parts of the country.

In his first public reaction to the violence he expressed shock and disgust.

Mugabe was speaking during Independence Day celebrations in Harare, where he called on South Africans to treat all Africans with respect.

"On behalf of the Southern African Development Community, as indeed on behalf of the African Union, that must never happen again."

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