Death toll rises to 8 since the recent upsurge attacks on foreigners and foreign owned shops broke out after a controversial statement made by a leader. The violence started in in KwaZulu-Natal province over two weeks ago and has currently engulf some parts of Gauteng province.
A Mozambican was stalked, cornered and stabbed to death in the Johannesburg suburb of Alexander on Saturday while another two were shot dead in Jeppestown. Previous deaths were recorded in towns around KwaZulu-Natal province.
Most African countries including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have initiated the repatriation process of their nationals from South Africa. The home affairs department has committed to facilitating the relevant travelling documents. There are over two thousand displaced persons in camps filled mostly with women and children catered for by non state actors, religious bodies and the diplomatic community affected in the city of Durban.
Critics of the government have argued that lack of an effective border policy and repatriation system is the major cause of these economic and social unrest. South Africa is home to over five million illegal immigrants with an estimated three million of Zimbabwean origin.