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First group of Zimbabweans on their way home

Just over 400 people, 92 of them children, left Durban last night for Zimbabwe.

Buses preparing to take the first group of Zimbabweans from Durban on 19 April 2015, following days of xenophobic attacks in the area. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A group of more than 400 Zimbabweans have left Durban for their home country in the wake of the xenophobic violence.

Another 400 are waiting to go today or tomorrow morning.

The first contingent of leaving Zimbabweans was expected to be 700, in the end it turns that out it wasn't quite as many.

Still 407 people, 92 of them children, left Durban last night on their way home.

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All the returnees have been through basic checks to see if they really are Zimbabweans.

The official Herald newspaper is reporting that some South African women have tried trying to claim that they were Zimbabweans.

The road trip to Beit Bridge takes at least 12 hours, more with stops. So the first buses are expected to arrive at the boarder sometime today.

Officials on the Zimbabweans civil protection unit and international organization for migration are waiting at the boarder for those coming home.

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