Xenophobia: Foreign shopowners in Cape CBD on tenterhooks

The Mayor says authorities are on standby should foreigners come under attack in the city.

FILE: Adderley street, Cape Town. Picture: Calhoun Mathews/Primedia.

CAPE TOWN - Foreigners running businesses through St Georges Mall in Cape Town say they're worried they could be targeted.

Clashes erupted between locals and foreigners in Mahatma Gandhi Road in Durban's city centre and many foreigners in the Mother City remain on tenterhooks.

Violence spread from KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg last week and on Saturday,Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole was stabbed to death by locals in Alexandra.

Some foreigners told Eyewitness News they're not here to take jobs from South Africans.

"I didn't take any jobs. We brought our own money to find our own way."

Another foreigner says, "We don't take anything, we don't also get anything for free, we work hard to get it."

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Cape Town law enforcement officials are on high alert amid the xenophobic violence that plagued parts of the country this month.

Mayor Patricia de Lille yesterday said authorities are on standby should foreigners come under attack in the city.

De Lille said areas where foreign nationals have businesses are being monitored in case any violence erupts.

"We are now on high alert. We have got all our metro forces, we had a meeting with Saps to make sure that should xenophobic violence occur, we're able to respond to it immediately."

De Lille was elected the new leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Western Cape at the weekend.

Her newly appointed deputy, Bonginkosi Madikizela, also condemned the xenophobic attacks.

"There is no way the kinds of action that we have seen can be condoned."

The DA leadership promised to visit areas affected by the violence.