"[The increase in xenophobia] is something to be worried about," said Ingrid Palmary, an associate professor at the Wits African Centre for Migration and Society. "We must ask: if it's so easy for the fundamental rights of one group to be trampled, who is next?"
When all has been said and done, the issue is not about foreign nationals and their rights, but about the safety of all who live in this country. It might be foreign nationals today but who will it be tomorrow?
Four refugee camps have been set up by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to house the displaced foreigners who say they are destitute, with some saying they want to go home. At least 28 people were arrested on Sunday night during xenophobic violence in which Somali, Ethiopian and Pakistani people were attacked.
Thanks, in part, to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, major cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg offer so-called “safe streets” where tourists can enjoy the sights and sounds of ordinary township life.
The South African government has asked for diplomatic support from across the continent to defeat what it calls the “demon” of anti-immigrant violence.
Xenophobia is the fear and stigmatization of foreigners. People who look different, speak a different language, or have different customs can appear threatening to those who are used to only one particular ethnic group, lifestyle or set of behaviors.  But xenophobia can be overcome , and you can take it on either directly or through community engagement and political action.
The xenophobic attacks in South Africa have targeted foreigners living in the country. Three South Africans were among the dead.