Ministerial task team established to quell xenophobic tensions

At least 307 people have been arrested with regard to the recent xenophobic attacks in the country.

Forensic pathologists load the bodies of two South African males that were shot dead in a hostel in Jeppestown on 18 April 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has established a ministerial task team to quell xenophobic tensions gripping parts of the country.

Eleven ministers have been appointed including the ministers from Home Affairs, State Security, Defence, Social Development and Health.

Zuma says the challenge of migration requires a long term solution and therefore he was established a ministerial task team.

Seven people were killed last week in a series of xenophobic attacks and the presidency says this needs urgent attention.

Zuma will also meet with several stakeholders this week to ensure these attacks stop, migration policy issues are discussed and understanding grievances raised by some citizens.

At the same time, authorities say at least 307 people have been arrested with regard to the recent xenophobic attacks in the country.

WATCH: Foreign nationals fear more attacks might occur

Just over two weeks ago xenophobic attacks flared up in KwaZulu-Natal.

The violence quickly spread to Gauteng province.

In KwaZulu-Natal, police say units from across the province have been deployed to provide security at the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's imbizo on xenophobia today.

#XenoImbizo VIDEO: People are arriving here wearing traditional outfits and singing. GW

Meanwhile in Actonville on the East Rand, hostel dwellers went on a rampage last night, throwing stones at police and trying to loot foreign owned businesses.

#Actonville Stones were thrown at foreign national owned shops and police last night.


Stones and bricks are strewn all over the streets blocking the flow of traffic.

Residents have told Eyewitness News the clashes between police and locals continued until around 2am.

WATCH: Running battles continue