Police and state officials are hunting down shelter for foreign nationals after they were displaced in what is being described as a xenophobic attac'. More than 105 people are now homeless after being forcefully removed from their homes in a Durban informal settlement.
Government officials and law enforcement agencies are scrambling to house foreign nationals after a xenophobic attack.
The foreigners, living in a Durban informal settlement, were removed from their homes reportedly by their unemployed neighbors. Doors in the Burnwood informal settlement were kicked down at around 2am.
The displaced people fled to the Sydenham police station, where community members rallied around them to ensure everyone was fed while officials sought shelter for the 105 newly-displaced souls.
Malawian foreign national, Stanley Chilembu, commented on the dire situation facing the displaced people:
"Some people fled without even their shoes. There are people here who are barefoot, who have left everything. We know that the protesters have broken into our houses and have taken everything. Now we just pray that we have somewhere to stay tonight."
According to TimesLIVE, it is understood that upset residents had stormed the shacks in a fit of jealousy as the foreigners were employed by locals.
KwaZulu-Natal police confirmed that residents had been protesting at the settlement, with Lt-Col Thulani Zwane saying that:
"They were forcing the foreign nationals out of their homes. No one was injured or assaulted. Police had to intervene and monitor the situation."
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