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Fears of xenophobic attacks after SWC

2010-05-11 18:15

Durban - Xenophobic attacks will continue after the World Cup, the Consortium for Refugee and Migrants in South Africa (Cormsa) said on Tuesday.

"Two years ago today (Tuesday), xenophobic violence swept through South Africa... Now, a month from the opening match of the World Cup, threats are mounting of further mass xenophobic violence once the event is over," Cormsa said in a statement.

It said at least ten incidents of violence had occurred this year in areas such as Siyathemba, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Orange Farm.

Foreign nationals around the county were being threatened with violence by neighbours, taxi drivers and civil servants.

"Some of those making the threats believe that they have the support of senior political leaders. Taking them seriously and initiating preventative action is the only way to ensure that actual violence is avoided."

The organisation said a group of women living in central Johannesburg had received threats of violence.

"One woman went to a local clinic for her baby to be immunised and was told by the nurse to 'go back to your country. After June there will be no more foreigners in this country. You will all die'.

"Many such xenophobic threats go unreported," Cormsa said.