South Africa 27.4.2015 03:54 pm

Foreign nationals slowly leaving KZN camps

Religious leaders during a peace march on April 16, 2015 in Durban, South Africa. Thousands of people united to take part in a march through Durban s streets yesterday, denouncing the ongoing xenophobic attacks in the city. (Photo by Gallo Images / Daily Sun / Jabulani Langa)

Religious leaders during a peace march on April 16, 2015 in Durban, South Africa. Thousands of people united to take part in a march through Durban s streets yesterday, denouncing the ongoing xenophobic attacks in the city. (Photo by Gallo Images / Daily Sun / Jabulani Langa)

KwaZulu-Natal police said on Monday there had been no reports of violence against foreigners in the province over the weekend and many were slowly leaving shelters to return to their homes.

“Since the long weekend leading to Freedom Day celebrations, police in KwaZulu-Natal have not had any reports of violence or unrest related to the recent attacks on foreign nationals,” spokesman Thulani Zwane said.

Police were continuing to monitor trouble areas, notably Pietermaritzburg, he said but added that calm appears to be returning after the deadly wave of xenophobic violence this month that began in the province, then spread to Gauteng.

“All appearances are that the tensions have abated and that the situation has normalised in the province. Although many foreign nationals are justifiably apprehensive at the moment, they are gradually moving back into the communities where they had lived prior to the violence and their businesses have opened for trade.

“Some continue to live in the various refugee camps while others have opted to return to their countries of origin. Police are monitoring the refugee camps to ensure the safety of the foreigners and see that they do not come under any attack.”

Earlier, Gauteng premier David Makhura told a Freedom Day rally at the Union Buildings that the xenophobic violence had been contained.

“We can say today, on Freedom Day, the violence has stopped. The attacks on our fellow brothers and sisters have stopped,” he said.

 

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