xeno 2.jpgThe South African government has managed to contain possible xenophobic attacks through the deployment of police officers in most parts of the country and the introduction of stiffer sentences for perpetrators of violence.

Zimbabwean travellers who spoke to ZBC News at the Beit-bridge border post said they only left South Africa after they heard threats that foreigners would be attacked after the World Cup tournament.

 

They however said the South African government has put in place measures to deal with xenophobic attacks which include a 20 year jail term for anyone caught in such attacks and the deployment of police officers in suspected trouble areas.

The travellers said the measures have led to South Africans shunning violence.

Immigration officials who also spoke to ZBC News said the situation is normal compared to 2008 when many people crossed the border with injuries sustained in xenophobic attacks.