Zimbabwe’s Consul-General in South Africa, Henry Mukonoweshuro, says diplomatic ties between South Africa and Zimbabwe will not be affected by the on-going xenophobic attacks in the greater eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

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\nHundreds of foreign nationals from Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and Somalia have been displaced after xenophobic attacks in Durban. Close to 2000 foreign nationals are being housed in three temporary makeshift camps.
\nMukonoweshuro says they will be working closely with their South African counterparts to find a solution and put an end to the on-going violence.

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“It is just a question of a few misguided individuals. To some extent I think some vagrants who think if they create chaos people will run away from their homes. Then they can vandalise and steal but my president was here a few days ago and met with President Jacob Zuma and elevated political and economic relations, our people are here. “

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Mukonoweshuro says talks with Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba are continuing to address the issue.

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“This is a dent but I mean look, these problems are never at any one time planned.”
\nThere’ve been reports of attacks in Umlazi, KwaMashu, Inanda and Siyanda

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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has apologised to foreigners for the xenophobic attacks, click below to watch the video;

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Meanwhile, eThekwini Metro police say about five shops owned by foreign nationals were set alight and several others looted in townships in the Durban area Sunday night.

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There have been reports of attacks in Umlazi, KwaMashu, Inanda and Siyanda. More than a dozen foreign owned businesses have been looted since the violence began, Somali Hassan Ali says all his shops in KwaMashu, north of Durban, have been looted and burnt.

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“I had four shops, three of them inside the hostel. They loot out everything. There’s nothing left inside now. This thing is terrible. I don’t know why people are attacking us. We don’t know what we can do now. We’re struggling.”