xenophobia pic.jpgScores of Zimbabeweans have succumbed to reports of a resurgence of xenophobia activities in South Africa and have started trickling back home.

 

Reports of Zimbabweans with bundles of goods that include wardrobes and other household effects struggling to get tickets at rbus termini in South Africa have been made by various media in Zimbabwe as well as some cross-border bus operators to and from South Africa. 

Some Harare-Johannesburg cross-border operators who spoke to ZBC News confirmed that there is an upsurge in the number of Zimbabweans tracking back home, days just before and after the just ended 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa.

In the June 2008 xenophobic attacks, many foreign nationals including Zimbabweans, Mozambicans and Somalis fell victim with some even losing their lives to marauding gangs.

Meanwhile, the South African government has deployed security forces in several townships after some shops belonging to foreigners were  attacked in the Western Cape Province.

Provincial authorities in the Western Cape area are said to have reported that a number of foreigners had sought refuge at police stations in the region after two shacks were burned and sporadic incidents of violence were reported.

 

Police spokesperson, Captain Frederick van Wyk confirmed incidents of looting of shops belonging to foreigners in areas such as Nyanga, Philippi East and Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, Wellington, Paarl East, Mbekweni, Franschhoek and Klapmuts. 

 

Seven men in the Nyanga area are reported to have been arrested and charged with public violence.

 

Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management spokesperson, Daniella Ebenezer said that 70 foreigners had sought refuge overnight at Mbekweni police station in Paarl and 22 at Wellington.

There were smaller numbers said to be at police stations in Franschhoek, and Langa and Harare on the Cape Flats.

Die Burger newspaper reported that police have advised foreigners, mainly Somalis, to leave the Cape Flats township of Nyanga and escorted numbers of them out of the area.

 

The newspaper also carried a photograph of Somali shops in flames in Philippi which is also located on the Cape Flats.