Refugees from Primrose camp spend first night at home

Hundreds of foreigners fled their homes last week when locals attacked them in xenophobic attacks.

FILE: Authorities help an 11-year old boy with cerebral palsy and his mother go back to his community. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Foreigners who have fled to a refugee camp in Primrose on the East Rand have now spent their first night back in their communities, but some are still too scared to unpack their belongings and sell their goods on the streets.

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has provided families with food and sanitation parcels to help them for the first few days until they can make a living again.

#GoingBackHome People preparing to be reintigrated back into their community on the Eastrand #xenophobia

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#GoingBackHome Municipality: If there is no resistance the reintegration program will conclude today.

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Hundreds of foreigners fled their homes last week when locals attacked them as xenophobic violence spread to Gauteng.

A Zimbabwean mother was seen pushing her 11-year-old cerebral palsy son around in a wheelchair between buses in Primrose.

Mother and son are ready to go back home, having spent a week in a tent at a dusty refugee camp.

She said the last few days have been unbearable.

"Here is not a safe place to be in with him but at the same time I am not scared because I heard President Jacob Zuma tell us that this will not go on."

But not everyone will be returning to their communities.

A small group of foreigners at this camp have asked government to assist in their urgent repatriation.