ANC Daily News Briefing/Sapa, 26 June 2008
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The government plans to pay tribute to the victims of recent xenophobic attacks in a service to be held in Pretoria on July 3, the presidency said on Thursday. "Leaders of government, the diplomatic corps, families of victims and civil society will gather to show remorse and declare that such acts of violence are never repeated," said spokesman Thabang Chiloane. The service would be held at the Pretoria city hall. A number of those displaced who had sought refuge in temporary shelters throughout the country had "significantly decreased" because people had voluntarily gone back to their homes. The attacks started on May 12 in Johannesburg's Alexandra township and spread around the country, leaving at least 62 dead and 17,000 displaced, according to police. About 1400 people were arrested.