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Dedicated courts deal with xenophobic attacks

Seven people died during xenophobic attacks earlier this year.

FILE: A foreign national holds a machete after clashes broke out between a group of locals and police in Durban in April 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Justice Department says dedicated courts are dealing with cases related to the xenophobic violence that flared up in parts of the country earlier this year.

But the ministry adds many of the incidents are still being investigated.

It's clarified the intention was never to set up such specialised courts in all provinces, with he department's Mthunzi Mhaga saying dedicated courts were set up in KwaZulu Natal.

"Gauteng didn't have enough cases to have them on their roll, and the same applies to other provinces. They have finalised less than 10 cases and other cases are up for further investigation."

In April, the province was plagued with attacks on foreign nationals, leaving a total of seven people dead, including three South Africans.