The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa says it is concerned about the recent spate of violence and looting in Soweto that mainly affects foreigners and asylum seekers.
UNHCR spokesperson, Tina Ghelli, says they will together with their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners be speaking to community leaders as well undertaking a study of the shops affected by the looting.
Ghelli says it is vital that government get it is head around the matter and address the problem, adding that, "I think the primary responsibility lies with the South African government. We also need to do a lot more to explain to South Africans why refugees and asylum seekers are in the country.”
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