Parliament - Inkatha Freedom Party founder Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Tuesday warned MPs that the world was judging South Africa harshly for continuing attacks on foreign nationals across the country.
Buthelezi was introducing a debate in the National Assembly on the recent incidents of violence across South Africans in which at least 12 people were killed, including 10 South Africans and two foreign nationals.
Foreign-owned shops and truck drivers of different nationalities have also been attacked as refugees and migrants are accused of stealing South African jobs.
"I fear what will happen if we fail to extinguish this fire. There are consequences for our country and our people in the diaspora," Buthelezi said.
"We need to stop this thing in its tracks before serious action is taken against us."