South Africa: Displaced Foreign Nationals Relive the Horror of Xenophobic Attacks

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Scores of foreign nationals have been left homeless following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni on 6 September. Daily Maverick visited the two campsites in the township - Tsolo and DH Williams hall - where the foreigners are being housed temporarily.

"I got a frantic call from my landlord late in the afternoon; I still had two hours of work before I could knock off: 'Lorraine!,' shouted the landlord, 'come get the kids, it's bad and I don't think it's safe for any of you here any more. They are burning everything!'"

"For a few seconds, I think I couldn't breathe because of shock and fear for my children. I remember mumbling something to my supervisor and I quickly rushed home."

Lorraine Ndlovu, 33, is one of the 800 (588 adults and 227 children) foreign nationals that were displaced following an outburst of xenophobic violence in Katlehong a week ago. Their shacks were burnt down by an unknown mob that was dropped off in the settlement by minibus taxis.

A woman and her 10-month old baby were left displaced after the outbreak of xenophobic violence in Katlehong on 06 September 2019. Photo: Ayanda Mthethwa

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