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The Times , 6 June 2008

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Human Rights Commission chairman Jody Kollapen said yesterday more than 40000 people had left South Africa since the xenophobic attacks began. In the past 10 days the numbers of people displaced had decreased from 38000 to 28000, which suggested people were continuing to leave South Africa, Kollapen said. Gauteng government spokesman Thabo Masebe said it was not certain how many people were still displaced because numbers kept fluctuating. Some of those who went to shelters were not necessarily those who were displaced in violence, but people who wanted food or feared being attacked. At least 1500 displaced foreigners who are living at the Jeppe and Cleveland police stations would be moved to temporary shelters in Rosettenville today or tomorrow, for two months, said Masebe. The temporary shelters would be dismantled after two months. Small numbers of people in Benoni, Boksburg and Reiger Park still need to be relocated.