ANC Daily News Briefing/Sapa, 20 March 2008

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Violent attacks on foreign nationals are inappropriate and will not be tolerated, the Department of Home Affairs said on Friday. Spokesman Mantshele Tau said killing of foreigners had to deplored unequivocally. "The department once again condemns today’s reported attacks on foreigners in townships around Tshwane." He said consultations with relevant stakeholders to find a solution to the attacks were ongoing. Twice this month people in the Pretoria townships went on a rampage killing foreigners and vandalising their properties. Other incidents were reported in the North West, Free State, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. The Somali Association of South Africa (SASA) on Friday also said it condemned the increased violent attacks against the foreign community. The association said it was only the eleventh week of 2008 and killings and looting directed at foreigners were on the increase. "We compliment the strong words of condemnations coming from government and other stakeholders on these attacks, but such good gestures will remain a lip service if they are not converted into actions." The association said a comprehensive strategy to curb and eradicate the xenophobic tendencies in the country was need especially with 2010 in sight.