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Parliament's xenophobia committee 'needs more time'

The multi-party committee was set up in July in the wake of an outbreak of xenophobic attacks.

FILE. Thousands of people took part in the anti-xenophobia march, calling for end to attacks on foreign nationals in Johannesburg on 23 April 2015. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's joint ad hoc committee probing violence against foreign nationals wants more time to complete its report.

The multi-party committee was set up in July in the wake of an outbreak of xenophobic attacks around the country, in which at least seven people died.

The committee's job is to establish the root causes of the violence that cost lives, displaced thousands and tarnished South Africa's reputation on the continent and abroad.

Made up of Members of Parliament (MPs) from both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, the committee has travelled to meet with those affected and has also heard from a range of organisations, including traditional leaders, the police and the Human Rights Commission.

Initially meant to report back at the end of August, the deadline was moved to the end of this month.

With just a few days left, the committee now wants a further extension to its deadline, saying it needs time to consider its draft report.