The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will visit the village of Qhumanco in Cofimvaba following reports of tensions between South Africans and foreigners in the area.
SAHRC said it had noted reports of violent incidents resulting in several deaths in the area. Reports had also alluded to allegations of xenophobia stemming from criminal behavior and distrust between members of the community.
“The Eastern Cape Provincial Office of the Commission will meet tomorrow the 21st of the community and engage relevant stakeholders on the ground.” .
“SAHRC requests that the SAHRC Police Service provide the necessary resources to investigate the reported deaths and elements of crime, as well as to allay concerns about retaliatory xenophobic attacks.”
It also urged officials, traditional leaders and the Qhumanco community to abide by the law and resolve issues in ways acceptable in a democracy.
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