Gauteng Premier David Makhura has said that foreigners must start paying for medical assistance.
He also accused foreigners of committing crimes.
Makhura made the comments while addressing an audience following budget discussions. He also said that xenophobia was not the problem, adding that foreigners "contribute to a problem".
This follows an announcement by Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramokgopa, that there are insufficient public funds to treat foreigners in hospitals and clinics and that they would need to start paying themselves.
Xenophobic attacks are a recurring issue in South Africa, with three Congolese immigrants murdered in Zeerust in February in the most recent high-profile incident.
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