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Xenophobia: Over 1,500 Zimbabweans cross Beitbridge Border

A group is expected to pass the border between SA & Zimbabwe following xenophobic violence this week.

A man grimaces in pain after being shot with a rubber bullet in the Durban city centre because of a standoff between foreign shop owners and locals in Durban on 14 April 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

ZIMBABWE - Over 1,500 Zimbabweans are expected to pass the Beitbridge Border Post this afternoon following xenophobic violence in South Africa.

The Zimbabwean nationals indicated to President Jacob Zuma yesterday that they wish to return home in the wake of the attacks on foreigners in and around KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg this past week.

Two Zimbabweans died in those clashes.

WATCH: Xenophobic Attacks: Running battles continue

Zimbabwe's Civil Protection Unit says it's made arrangements to facilitate the arrival and ferrying of people from Beitbridge to their respective places.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES TO FIGHT XENOPHOBIA

The South African Football Association (Safa) has announced it will play two international friendly matches against neighbouring countries in a bid to sensitise the public on the evils of xenophobia.

Safa says the attacks have badly dented South Africa's image.

Safa is yet to announce the countries that Bafana will play as part of its campaign to fight xenophobia.

President Jacob Zuma cancelled his trip to Indonesia at the last minute yesterday, to speak to thousands of displaced foreign nationals in Durban.

LISTEN: Clinical Psychologist Thabang Tlaka speaks on the psychological & emotional effects of xenophobia on foreign nationals & their children.

'XENOPHOBIA HAS RUINED SA'S RELATIONS WITH AFRICA'

The minister yesterday observed living conditions in the Chatsworth displacement camp where the tents are overcrowded with little privacy for women, and bathrooms have been flooded, leading to many of the people demanding to go back to their countries.

WATCH: Inside Durban's refugee camp

A furious Gigaba says the latest wave of attacks on African immigrants in the country has undone much of the hard work by government to establish relationships across the continent.

"It has ruined our relations with the rest of the continent, it's ruined our relationship with the immigrants that are living in South Africa and it's something that we're very concerned about."

He says the fact that African immigrants are being targeted has made the situation worse.

WATCH: Foreigners: We want to go home

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