Tsvangirai visits victims of violence

TOLERANCE PLEA: MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai talking to displaced foreigners at Alexandra police station yesterday. Pic. Lucky Nxumalo. 22/05/2008. © Sowetan
TOLERANCE PLEA: MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai talking to displaced foreigners at Alexandra police station yesterday. Pic. Lucky Nxumalo. 22/05/2008. © Sowetan

Sibongile Mashaba, Penwell Dlamini and Sapa

Sibongile Mashaba, Penwell Dlamini and Sapa

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Kenyan High Commissioner to South Africa, Thomas Amolo, yesterday visited foreigners affected by the recent violence.

Tsvangirai addressed displaced Zimbabweans and other foreign nationals at Alexandra police station in Johannesburg. Alexandra became the flash point of xenophobic violence which broke out about two weeks ago.

Tsvangirai called on Zimbabweans to join him when he returned home on Saturday to resolve the post-election crisis.

He guaranteed Zimbabweans their safety after some said they feared to be victimised upon their return.

"We understand your problems and are shocked by your plight. Were it not for the crisis back home we would not be here," he said.

Referring to recent attacks that had claimed 42 lives by yesterday, he said: "We are all Africans. We should not be separated by artificial boundaries and there is no reason for hatred."

Tsvangirai said he appreciated what South Africans had done for their Zimbabwean counterparts.

"We must all work together and find solutions to this crisis. I plead with South Africans to be more tolerant while we try and solve the problem in Zimbabwe," Tsvangirai said.

Meanwhile, xenophobic violence broke out again in the Ramaphosa informal settlement on the East Rand yesterday.

No injuries had been reported by 2.45pm, the SABC reported. Six people believed to be behind recent attacks which claimed the lives of four people were arrested.

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