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Scared foreigners flee from area

By Corrinne Louw | 2010-07-15 00:00:00.0

POLICE were out in full force yesterday at the Bottlebrush informal settlement in Chatsworth, the scene of a violent xenophobic attacks at the weekend.

One foreign national was hospitalised. Hundreds of foreigners are said to have already fled the settlement after fears of violent attacks on foreigners became a reality on the day the World Cup ended.

Although police have denied that the attacks on the foreigners were related to xenophobia, many foreigners are taking no chances and have left in droves.

Yesterday, hundreds of shacks that belonged to foreigners were deserted and residents were adamant that they wanted the foreigners to return to "their own countries".

Thabo Moleko, a Bottlebrush resident, said two of his neighbours had fled. "We are not sure if they are gone back to Zimbabwe. They might be around Durban but they have moved from here," he said.

Bottlebrush community leader Falakhe Mhlongo said tensions were running high. "It's going to get worse over the weekend when people start drinking. That's why we are trying to arrange for a meeting to get the whole community together to try to educate them about xenophobia."