Alleged xenophobic attack sees foreigners seek refuge

2015-04-08 00:00

OVER 40 foreign nationals, mostly Zimbabweans and Mozambicans, have fled to a Durban police station to seek refuge from an alleged xenophobic attack.

The foreign nationals were living in what is known as the New Germany ­Settlement near Reservoir Hills, Durban until they were threatened by local residents.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed the foreigners had sought refuge at the Sydenham police station from late Monday evening. “They were verbally threatened by the members of the community,” said Zwane.

At the time of responding Zwane said no one had been arrested, no one injured and no case had been opened.

Sydenham CPF chairperson Satish Dhupelia said the Sydenham police were overwhelmed and do not have the resources to properly deal with the issues they face. “We are told the foreigners were attacked and some sustained minor injuries,” he said.

During the weekend it was reported that about 30 Mozambicans had to flee from Sea Cow Lake settlement after being attacked by a group of men wearing balaclavas. They have since been housed in the Greenwood Park police station.

Last week more than 200 foreign nationals were forced to flee Isipingo, South Durban, after their homes and shops were looted. They have since been housed in a transit camp with government claiming they will be reintegrated into the community.

eThekwini spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said: “We are concerned about reports of attacks on foreign nationals in parts of the city. We appeal to affected people to report such attacks to the police and the law must take its course.”

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