Ekurhuleni helps foreigners


]About 220 foreign nationals housed at two City of Ekurhuleni shelters in Katlehong left and returned to their countries of birth.

In a statement, the Metro said 96 Zimbabwean nationals left Tsholo Hall in two buses, while 125 Mozambique nationals left in three buses from DH Williams Hall.

The affected people were displaced during last week’s violent attacks on foreign nationals in Gauteng.

“The mortal remains of Isaac Sithole from Zimbabwe, who lost his life during the attacks at Mandela Park informal settlement in Katlehong, were also repatriated,” said city acting spokesperson Solly Mashabela in the statement.

Ekurhuleni Speaker Patricia Kumalo officiated at a prayer service for Sithole’s send-off and led the procession to Mandela informal settlement where Sithole died for cultural rituals.

“During the prayer service, Kumalo urged residents to denounce attacks on foreign nationals. She said the City will work with relevant departments and embassies and consulates to curb the attacks,” Mashabela said.

The City, he said, worked with the concerned embassies, consulates offices, as well as Department of Home Affairs for documentation of the undocumented and those who lost their immigration documents during the attacks.

“The City, in addition to providing humanitarian services to the displaced, worked in collaboration with NGOs, faith-based organisations and relevant government departments to ensure safe repatriation of the displaced persons who wished to return to their counties of origin,” the statement said.

The consulates carried the costs for repatriation.

Mashabela said those who remain will be reintegrated into local communities after consultation with affected communities.