‘Mass education must drive issue of xenophobia home’

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says those carrying out the attacks in KZN are opportunists.

A little girl waits for her mother to receive supplies at a camp for displaced foreign nationals in Primrose on 18 April 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

DURBAN - While King Goodwill Zwelithini appealed for calm between his subjects and foreign communities, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said government must embark on mass education to drive the message home.

Yesterday, Zwelithini denounced the xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal.

He was accused of inciting xenophobic attacks in the province but said his words were distorted.

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Dlamini said the king's message seemed to have been well received because of how he presented it.

She said the state must now make sure it is understood and peace is maintained.

"We want to be balanced. We want to be focused on both our communities as well as foreign nationals."

Dlamini also said those carrying out the attacks in the province are opportunists.

In KwaZulu-Natal, police said there have been no incidents of xenophobic attacks this week.

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