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Ethiopian national hid in freezer during xenophobic attacks

Safi Jarson was forced to hide out in a deep freezer for 30 minutes while his shop was looted in Alex.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed a group of foreigners living in Alexandra on Tuesday following a couple of xenophobic attacks in the community. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Amid heightened security in Alexandra, an Ethiopian man who hid in a fridge during a recent xenophobic attack has told Eyewitness News he doesn't feel safe in South Africa and is desperate to leave.

At least seven people have been killed in the recent attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Safi Jarson was forced to hide out in a deep freezer for 30 minutes while his shop was looted in the township last week.

He says he returned to the area yesterday once the army was deployed.

After word from Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, that the army would be deployed to Alexandra, the township appears to be calm and police have confirmed that no further incidents of violence have been reported.

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula accompanied by David Mahlobo and Malusi Gigaba briefed the media on the decision to deploy the military in volatile areas around the country. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

But the 21-year-old says he is prepared to go anywhere in the world as long as he leaves South Africa.

He told EWN he hid in a fridge as none of the locals could protect him out of fear that they too would be attacked.

Jarson says he came to South Africa in 2012 when his parents died in the hopes of making a new life for himself but he's incurred damages worth thousands of rands.

LISTEN: Alex ward committee member pleased about army deployment

REPATRIATED ZIMBABWEANS 'SEVERELY TRAUMATISED'

Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health says some of the more than 400 Zimbabweans who were repatriated to their country following the spate of xenophobic attacks are "severely traumatised" and need special counselling.

The first batch of Zimbabweans fleeing xenophobia arrived in their country this week and many had harrowing tales to tell.

The Ministry says most of the returnees experienced horrific incidents.

The state run _Chronicle _newspaper says more than 100 of them have undergone specialised trauma counselling.

At least 18 are said to be severely traumatised.

The returnees have brought with them torrid accounts of being attacked by xenophobic gangs in Durban.

But it turns out a few of those who wanted to go home then changed their minds.

State media reports that 15 people got off the bus in Musina because they felt safe.

WATCH: EWN takes you inside the Jeppestown hostel raid.