Johannesburg - Government must protect all people in South Africa and prosecute those perpetrating violence, including non-South Africans, Sonke Gender Justice said on Tuesday.
“There is no space for any violence against people based on their race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or identity, ethnicity, disability, religion or creed,” it said in a statement.
A week of unrest and looting of foreign-owned shops began in Soweto last Monday, when a foreign shopowner allegedly shot dead 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori. The boy was apparently part of a group trying to break into his shop.
The looting then spread to other parts of Gauteng, including Diepsloot in the north of Johannesburg, and Kagiso on the West Rand.
Sonke spokeswoman Czerina Patel said during apartheid, neighbouring countries gave refuge to those fighting for freedom.