Violence has erupted in Diepsloot township north of Johannesburg where South Africans have blocked highways demanding that all undocumented foreigners should leave the country.
They are claiming that some foreigners recently killed a policeman and two community members.
The irate South Africans are conducting a door to door search of undocumented foreigners while stoning vehicles on highways.
A Zimbabwean allegedly shot and killed a policeman in the area amid concerns of increasing violence perpetrated by foreigners in the country.
Several South African newspapers report that 54-year-old Detective Captain Oupa Matjie was gunned down in Diepsloot a few days ago when he was investigating cases of murder.
Police have reportedly arrested some of the suspects.
Ngabutho Mabhena, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa, says it is "unfortunate that some Zimbabweans are linked to the killing of the policeman.“We condemn the killing of the policeman and we sincerely sympathize with the bereaved family. Zimbabweans should desist from engaging in violent activities. We wish to work closely with the police in South Africa to ensure that we stop the violence being perpetrated by some of our colleagues. This must stop now.”
There have been some cases of xenophobia attacks in South Africa in the past with locals crying foul over lack of jobs which they claim are being grabbed by foreigners who settle for low wages due to serious economic problems in their respective countries.