The xenophobic attacks have led to four deaths and forced African immigrants to seek solace in police stations and tents. South Africa, with a population of about 50 million, is home to an estimated 5 million immigrants.
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A police spokesman was quoted by a South African daily as saying:
"They said they were intimidated to vacate their homes by locals and came to us because they feared for their lives…"
The locals allege that immigrants are taking their jobs. Black South Africans are largely lazy and engage in criminal activities.
The attacks were fueled by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini who told locals that immigrants should "pack their bags and leave" South Africa. These sentiments were also shared by President Jacob Zuma son Edward.
Malawi government is already making plans to repatriate its Citizens from South Africa following the violence.
62 people were killed in 2008 as a result of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg townships.