“We had a good engagement with the diplomatic corps. As our president (Cyril Ramaphosa) has said, what happened at the weekend was pure criminality,” Sisulu told a media briefing.
“All of us must stand up and send a strong message that violence, all criminal activities, and the looting of properties of foreign nationals will not be tolerated. The police and other law enforcement agencies must act without fear or favour,” Sisulu said.
Last week more than 150 Malawian nationals in Durban were displaced from an informal settlement following attacks by locals in Sydenham. “People came with knives and pangas and chased us out,” one of the victims said. The distraught families lost everything and a number of those affected want to go home.
“We have told the High Commissioner of Malawi to tell her citizens that they do not have to go home, and they are welcome to stay in South Africa,” Deputy Minister for International Relations Luwellyn Landers said.