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Calm returns to Jeppestown after xenophobic violence

Last night, a group of residents at the George Goch men's hostel attacked foreign-owned shops and tried to barricade the M2 highway.

A police officer questions a man in Lorentzville in Johannesburg's CBD outside a looted spaza shop. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JEPPESTOWN - Calm has returned to Jeppestown in Johannesburg following a night of looting, intimidation and violence against foreign nationals.

Last night, a group of residents at the George Goch men's hostel attacked foreign-owned shops and tried to barricade the M2 highway.

Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the group.

The situation is calm and police vehicles can be seen now and again driving around the area.

While some foreign shop owners are not trading on Tuesday, some have opened their stores hoping they won't see a repeat of Monday night's violence.

"We are suffering. We don't know what time we're going to die or when they're robbing us."

A foreign national explains what happened.

"I heard a noise outside and then the police were outside with guns from about 12am to about 2am or 3am in the morning."

Police say a group of foreign nationals who were escorted out of the area last night to the local police station have returned to their homes.

WATCH: Violence flares up again in Jeppestown

(Edited by Zunaid Ismael)