People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) says foreigners living in the Western Cape have been gripped by unease and many have left their homes in townships to rent accommodation elsewhere.
PASSOP chairperson, Braam Hanekom, points out that, "The reality is that there are people who are borrowing money to move out of local communities. Some have resigned from their jobs and have returned to the countries of their origin. They say it is better to die in their own countries than to die here."
Hanekom says PASSOP has already met with local communities to try to prevent any violence from breaking out, adding that the organisation has an anti-xenophobia plan, which includes the spreading of pamphlets against such violence.
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