The South African government has been tasked to take strong action over its citizens involved in a recent flare up of xenophobic violence in the country.
Two human rights groups are calling for urgent investigations, arrests and prosecutions of persons believed to be behind the attacks that lasted about a week, March 25 – April 2, 2019.
South Africa-based African Diaspora Forum and Human Rights Watch, said the government needed to do more than just condemning the attacks.
Apart from its call for an end to attacks on foreign nationals, the South African government has done little to ensure the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.
President Cyril Ramaphosa expressly condemned the attacks as did leader of the opposition Julius Malema.
The groups said they were even more so concerned that the violence came amid rising political tension as South Africa goes to polls on May 8.