South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says peace and security will be consolidated after a wave of anti-immigrant violence, as she visits Indonesia for the Asian-African conference.
JAKARTA, INDONESIA (APRIL 20, 2015) (REUTERS) – South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said peace and security would be consolidated in South Africa after a wave of anti-immigrant violence.
The unrest which began in the port city Durban two weeks ago and spread to Johannesburg, Africa’s economic hub, appeared to have died down on Saturday (April 19) as police patrolled trouble spots.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Asian-African Conference in Indonesia, Nkoana-Mashabane said the situation had been dealt with.
“The comment is we had a challenge, we’ve deal with it and we will consolidate peace and security for our citizens and all our visitors, thank you,” she said.
Thousands of foreigners have sought refuge in camps set up in Johannesburg and Durban and the governments of Zimbabwe and Malawi began bussing their nationals back home.
At least four people have been killed in the violence over the last fortnight and foreign nationals have complained that the South African police are failing to protect them.