1 700 foreigners displaced in KZN

2008-05-27 00:00

SOME 1 700 foreign nationals living in the province have been displaced by the wave of xenophobic violence that started in Gauteng two weeks ago and later spread to some parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

These figures were released by the provincial government yesterday during a sitting of the legislature at kwaMbonambi in the Uthungulu district on the north coast.

Making the announcement, on behalf of Premier S’bu Ndebele, MEC for housing and local government Mike Mabuyakhulu said the government was taking all the necessary steps to quell the attacks that have seen thousands seeking refuge in makeshift refugee camps and police stations.

Such steps include the appointment of a “multi disciplinary” task team that will be led by Mabuyakhulu.

The committee, Mabuyakhulu added, is tasked with setting up a co-ordinated strategy with affected municipalities such as eThekwini, Nquthu, uMlalazi and Nongoma municipalities.

The premier, however, noted that there were no deaths that have been reported so far, adding that the majority of those affected had been threatened with death while others had been assaulted and manhandled.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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