Govt considers changing regulations to curb xenophobic violence

Minister Radebe says they will relook at by-laws on businesses & regulations addressing economic immigrants.

FILE: Thousands of foreign nationals were displaced during xenophobic attacks earlier this year. Picture: Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says government is looking at changes to by-laws and immigration regulations as part of efforts to address the causes of the xenophobic violence earlier this year.

He was speaking at an inter-ministerial committee on migration update on Operation Fiela in Pretoria this morning.

The operation was launched as a response to xenophobic violence earlier this year, but has been deployed to crime hotspots around the country.

The minister says underlying causes of the tension between South Africans and foreign nationals are being addressed to avoid future xenophobic violence.

"Some of the issues are our by-laws that regulate businesses [and] the immigration regulations that address economic migrants."

He also says government is facilitating talks between South Africans and foreign nationals in various communities.

"Such dialogues have successfully contributed to the peaceful reintegration of all those families that were displaced in April."