Fears of an outbreak of xenophobic violence, following the end of the 2010 World Cup has caused large groups of Zimbabweans to leave their homes and camp out next to the highway in the hope of getting a lift back home or to Johannesburg to catch north-bound buses.
In 2008 more than 60 people were killed and thousands were displaced in a spate of xenophobic violence in South Africa’s townships.
The head of disaster management in the Western Cape, Hildegard Fast, however said that the people who are leaving are only “responding to rumors” and that government was not going to intervene at present.
Braam Hanekom, spokesperson for refugee rights organisation Passop, told reporters yesterday that it was "really, really sad" that foreign nationals could feel so unprotected, and that they were prepared to "displace themselves" on the basis of rumours.
In order to prevent a repeat of the ...