Xenophobic attacks in Jika Joe

2014-01-16 00:00

FULL-SCALE xenophobic fighting broke out on the Jika Joe informal settlement last night.

According to residents, a South African was allegedly killed by a Malawian in a dispute over robbery.

When workers returned home, the fight began and the Malawians were chased out.

The Witness reporters found groups of foreigners gathered in Ohrtmann Road. While interviewing a group of 15 Zimbabweans, a hostile group charged towards them. They ran in all directions. The Witness learned that further up the road, more than 20 Malawians were in hiding.

The vigilante group were pacing up and down. The Zimbabweans said they feared for the night and did not know what was going to happen or where they could hide. One thing was certain, they could not return to Jika Joe.

The police could not be reached for comment. Gerald Harry, the acting chairperson of the Pietermaritzburg Community Policing Forum, confirmed that there was fighting in the area that might be related to the death of a South African.

He said the police were there and things had quietened down, but he was worried about what was going to happen in the night after the police left.

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