BuaNews, 11 June 2008

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People who want to help victims of the attacks on people from other countries can contribute to government's victim relief fund. By sending a sms to 36282 good samaritans will be contributing R5 towards make a difference in the lives of the thousands of displaced people. Made possible by the Department of Public Service and Administration, the total amount collected will be directly donated to the victim's relief fund. The department has called on not only public servants, but all South Africans to contribute towards this initiative. The attacks resulted in 60 deaths, 22 of them were South Africans, 10 were from Mozambique, five were from Zimbabwe and one was from Somalia. It is not clear what nationality the rest of the victims were. Many of the displaced have been moved to temporary shelters in specific locations after weeks of sleeping outside police stations. A moment of silence was observed in Parliament on Tuesday for those who had lost their lives in the recent spate of violence that hit South Africa. Minister of Home Affairs, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula called for the moment of silence during her department's Budget Vote to mark a month since the attacks broke out in Alexandra in Johannesburg. "On behalf of all South Africans who have embraced and continue to work tirelessly for democracy, I apologise to all those South Africans and foreign nationals who fell victim to the crimes of hate that have blotted our image at home and abroad," the minister said.