JOHANNESBURG – A long-awaited report on the 2015 xenophobia attacks has been released in Durban.
It was put together by the Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration which was commissioned by the KZN provincial government.
Headed by former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navi Pillay, the group also investigated threats to social cohesion.
It found, among other things, that shortcomings in law enforcement agencies contributed to the attacks.
“We [also] found that challenges in the implementation of immigration related policies, as well as shortcomings in the policing, justice and intelligence agencies contributed to long term vulnerability and tension between locals and foreign nationals,” said Pillay.
Competition between foreigners and locals was also found to have been an issue.
The group met with representative organisations, as well as affected communities and individuals.
A spate of xenophobic attacks erupted in and around Durban in April last year, before spreading to Gauteng and elsewhere in the country.
Premier Senzo Mchunu is expected to unveil an implementation plan, based on the recommendations of the report.