Durban - Malawian nationals who were forced from their homes - some robbed and beaten - in the Burnwood informal settlement in Durban this week would be reintegrated back into their communities and be welcomed by the local community, the eThekwini Municipality said on Friday.
The municipality and the Malawi high commission were "working tirelessly" to integrated the foreign nationals, said the city via a press statement.
eThekwini officials and acting high commissioner to Malawi, Gloria Bamusi, had agreed that the attacks weren't xenophobic but "criminally motivated" as "their belongings were stolen by the angry mob", said the statement.
Gumede issued a warning to leaders of all political parties to desist from making populist statements that inflamed xenophobia or any other form of discrimination.
“No African is a foreigner in Africa and as the municipality, we are committed to work together with organisations representing immigrants and civil society formations to deal with issues that cause tension between and among our people," she said.