No reports of xenophobic attacks in KZN

KwaZulu-Natal police say they have not received any reports of xenophobic violence this weekend.

FILE: Young Malawian men sit inside their tent in the Isipingo camp on 25 April 2015, which has become a temporary home for people displaced by xenophobic violence in Durban. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal police on Monday said there were no reports of xenophobic violence in the region over the long weekend.

In the last four weeks the province has been plagued with attacks on foreign nationals, leaving a total of seven people dead, including three South Africans.

During the week, various government departments, faith based and civic organisations have held prayer meetings and condemned the violence.

The police's Major Thulani Zwane says police will continue monitoring hotspots.

"We've noticed that this past long weekend, there have been no reports of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal especially in those areas that were affected by the unrest."

Meanwhile, during his Freedom Day speech President Jacob Zuma congratulated all South Africans for showing solidarity with the victims during anti-xenophobic marches.

"We applaud South Africans for coming out in their thousands in the past week to register their condemnation of the violence directed at foreign nationals. Marches have demonstrated that we are a peace loving nation."