'Govt will compile report on attacks on foreign nationals'

President Jacob Zuma says government will investigate incidents of violence committed against foreign nationals.

FILE: Some shops owned by foreigners were looted and roads blocked during protests in Atteridgeville.  Picture: Twitter @EWNTraffic.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma says government is going to compile a report to be given to countries who are concerned about attacks against their citizens in South Africa.

The issue was discussed at the president's co-ordinating council meeting which was held in Pretoria on Friday.

There have been several xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals in the last month.

Zuma says government will investigate the incidents of violence committed against foreigners.

“We've taken a decision to compile a report so that those countries that are complaining about their citizens, we need it to indicate correctly what are the challenges and why people think at times when there are incidents they must in a sense act in a particular way."

Zuma says where there is crime, the police must act, irrespective of the nationality of the suspect.

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)