Hundreds of foreigners were forced from their homes and some of their business were looted by angry protesters in Durban city in the past week. Some of the immigrants took refuge in police stations and mosques, according to local media reports.
The anti-immigrant violence comes as South Africa celebrates 25 years of freedom post-apartheid, the President said, adding that the country owes its freedom to the support of other African countries,
“African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit. We will not allow criminals to set back these processes,” Ramaphosa said.
In 2008, scores of people were killed and thousands sought refuge in makeshift camps in a wave of sporadic xenophobic attacks in South Africa.