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Gauteng tackling xenophobia

2010-07-14 17:19

Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government was working with various communities to deal with renewed threats of possible xenophobic violence, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Wednesday.

Operational centres were up and running in hot spots should violence flare up in the province again, she said in Johannesburg during the province's executive council meeting.

In 2008 attacks on foreigners started in Gauteng and spread throughout the country, leaving 62 people dead and thousands displaced.

Mokonyane said her government was helping community development workers stamp out any reoccurrence of the 2008 violence.

However she said most of the attacks were the result of criminals taking advantage.

"I don't believe South Africans are xenophobic... We see that (xenophobia) as pure act of criminality."

Mokonyane pleaded with Gauteng residents to remember that they were all Africans. She warned that police would act decisively against those targeting foreigners.