Temporary shelters set up for foreigners displaced by xenophobic violence earlier in 2008 have to close, said a South African provincial government spokesman. “These shelters are temporary and were set up as a disaster response [during the attacks]. The shelters cannot be treated as permanent homes,” said Thabo Masebe, a spokesman for the government of Gauteng, South Africa’s richest province, where the wave of violence began in May 2008. He refuted claims that the government was attempting to force a closure of the shelters on 30 September in defiance of a Constitutional Court ruling. (IRIN)

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