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Hundreds displaced by xenophobic violence in Grahamstown

Several homes were destroyed while shops belonging to foreigners were looted.

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 - More than 400 foreign nationals are being kept in a place of safety in Grahamstown following an outbreak of xenophobic violence.

It's believed some locals attacked the immigrants after accusing them of targeting using muthi.

Several homes were destroyed while shops belonging to the foreigners were looted in violence last week, leaving 458 people displaced.

The police's Mali Govender said, "We've managed to safely evacuate them to a place of safety. In custody currently, there are over 80 people who've been remanded until Friday."

She said those arrested face charges of public violence related to the acts of criminality and looting.