South Africa

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd June 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Prashar Baroness Prashar Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they will take to support the Government of South Africa to reduce the violence against Zimbabweans, Mozambicans and other non-South Africans in townships and informal settlements.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

We, like the South African Government, condemn the appalling xenophobic violence occurring in the townships of South Africa. We have been in touch with South African Ministers over this issue. Our high commission in Pretoria and the Department for International Development (DfID) have visited the affected areas and are working with local non-governmental organisations to provide food and shelter for the victims of the violence. Our high commissioner made a donation on behalf of the Government to the Central Methodist Church for immediate humanitarian assistance. With DfID, we are currently exploring options for additional assistance. This may include the possibility of hosting an event in partnership with the Human Sciences and Research Council. The aim of this project is to identify options for further action to counter xenophobic behaviour, while promoting dialogue between key civil society groups, community leaders, local government and faith groups.

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