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Xenophobic attacks: Prayers for peace & friendship to be held today

The Gauteng premier will attend a service following a request by Zuma for prayers of peace & friendship.

Demonstrators take part in an anti-xenophobic march outside the City Hall of Durban on 8 April, 2015. Hundreds of people marched today to protest against anti-immigrant violence, a week after hundreds were attacked near the eastern city of Durban. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - After President Jacob Zuma yesterday called on religious leaders to pray for peace and friendship following the recent spate of xenophobic attacks, Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to attend a service in Claremont later today.

The Gauteng premier this weekend visited the victims affected by the violence on Johannesburg's East Rand, to pledge his support.

Makhura urged residents to report any planned attacks on foreign nationals to the police.

His spokesperson Nino Zama says, "His first stop was in Primrose and then he later went to the Ellsberg shelter, where he met all of the people who have been affected, and he was really just there to pass a message of support and to condemn the violence currently taking place."

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

Meanwhile, parts of Johannesburg remain tense after two nights of xenophobic looting and violence in the CBD, Jeppestown and surrounding areas.

WATCH: Xenophobic Attacks: Running battles continue

EASTERN CAPE

At the same time, Eastern Cape police say they're maintaining a high presence in Cala near Queenstown following the looting of foreign-owned shops.

At least four shops belonging to foreigners were looted in the area earlier this week after the arrest of a Zimbabwean man in connection with the murder of a local woman.

The police's Marinda Mills says no arrests have been made.

"The focus of the South African Police Service at this stage is to maintain a high police presence, that there is law and order, and that there are no further incidents. So far there've been no further incidents."

She says police are still searching for looters.

"We will look at possible video footage that we have, in terms of investigating who was part of the looting."

WATCH: Foreigners: We want to go home

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