Big move set to pick up pace

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

The Gauteng department of local government yesterday continued to relocate displaced foreigners.

But immigrants being accommodated at Jeppe and Cleveland police stations will have to wait another day or two before being moved to the temporary shelter being built in Rosettenville.

"The site which the people will be moved to is still being built. We expect to move them tomorrow [Thursday] or on Friday," Gauteng local government spokesman Thabo Masebe said yesterday.

"We are expecting to move about 2000 people to the site. Security guards will be deployed and mobile toilets and water will be available on site."

Meanwhile, Gauteng municipalities and ward councillors will next week hold a special meeting on the reintegration of foreign nationals into South African communities.

Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said: "The provincial government will meet with all municipalities on June 12 to chart a way in which we would reintegrate those displaced by the xenophobic attacks."

Shilowa and social development MEC Kgomotso Lekgoro and local government MEC Qedani Mahlangu said they were satisfied with the [national] government's efforts to deal with the crisis created by the displacements.

The brutal attacks claimed 62 lives, nine of whom were South Africans, hundreds of people were injured and thousands were forced to seek refuge at police stations and community halls.

The government hopes to successfully relocate the remaining 8000 foreigners by the end of this week.

Shilowa praised security agencies for stabilising areas affected by the xenophobic attacks.

"The tense situation has calmed down considerably and no recent incidents have been reported."