JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal church leaders group (KZNCLG) on Monday said they were horrified by the on-going attacks and killing of foreign nationals in South Africa.
The chairman of the group, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, said: "We condemn all attacks, killings, hatred and discrimination suffered by our foreign brothers and sisters in South Africa".
Napier said the group was grateful to the province's government and other political leaders for speaking out against those in communities who were responsible for the latest xenophobic outbreak.
"We are most seriously concerned that some of these very leaders are responsible for this violence by their derogatory and inflammatory statements about migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable persons."
'What is of even greater concern is that messages criticising xenophobia are received with reluctance and even resistance by some of the local leaders," said Napier.