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Concerted effort pays off in quieting Xenophobic violence in South Africa

07-28-2010 09:27 BJT

JOHANNESBURG, July 27 (Xinhua) -- The South Africa Council Of Churches and the UNHCR joined forces with several civic organizations in putting together rallied efforts to curb the start of yet another wave of violence against foreign nationals resident in South Africa.

Though there were sporadic attacks in certain areas of the country, overall, it is safe to surmise that the combined efforts put in place by these organizations have paid off significantly as they have managed to arrest the situation before it reached the tantamount levels as it did during the May 2008 attacks, that saw a number of foreign nationals becoming homeless, maimed or killed.

The wake up call that was raised before the end of the 2010 World Cup Tournament that was recently successfully hosted by South Africa was enough to see a positive response from the government and the police as they quickly and severely condoned such behavior and warned the culprits-to-be of stern measures in place to bring to book anyone seen or found perpetrating or instigating such unwarranted behavior on innocent people.

A few cases were reported in the Western Cape region and Johannesburg but quick action by the South African Police Service (SAPS) ensured the culprits and individuals involved were brought to book.

The South Africa Council Of Churches (SACC) and UNHCR an South African Antixenophobia List group which is an alliance in which civic society braced themselves for any humanitarian response to help victims soon after rumors and threats started doing the rounds just before, during and soon after the World Cup tournament.

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