There is a possibility of another Xenophobic attack on foreigners. Over the past few years, some foreigners in South Africa have been subjected to malicious attacks on their lives and properties.
Lots of shops belonging to foreign nationals in KwaMashu‚ Durban‚ were looted and torched in a fresh wave of xenophobic violence on Monday night.
SAPS battled mobs of looters.
Gangs roamed the streets‚ barricading roads with burning debris and stoning passing cars regardless of who was driving it..
The notorious KwaMashu Men’s Hostel in A Section‚ a hotbed of criminal activity turned into a war zone.
Automatic rifle fire cracked through the night air as platoons of policemen scrambled to halt the looting.
The Amazambane Butchery had been overwhelmed by a mob early in the night‚ and was one of the first corner shops to be reclaimed by police.
The gang‚ who loosed off shots at officers as they fled‚ had managed to cut a safe out of the wall and pry open an ATM.
The Goodwill Supermarket had been cleared out and set ablaze.
As policemen and security personnel moved to assess the damage‚ looters hidden in the tightly packed shacks taunted them from the darkness.
In 2015 KwaMashu was beset by xenophobic violence‚ which had swept across the country.
Weeks of unrest displaced thousands of foreign nationals‚ who were forced to flee from their homes.
The attacks had followed a speech by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini in which the monarch had spoken in veiled terms about the presence of immigrants.