The violence comes in the wake of alleged comments by the Zulu king telling migrants to go home although the he says he was mistranslated.
But Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has called on traditional leaders to stop making remarks that “could result in a loss of life”.
“We need to be aware that as a country we are sitting on a ticking time bomb,” he said, adding that foreigners were “taking over the country”.
Raphael Baheybwa-Kambambire, president of Congolese Solidarity campaign, told the BBC that religious leaders met with Zulu monarch on Thursday.
King Zwelithini told them he was talking “only about those who don’t have papers and documentation in South Africa”.
Mr Gigaba said on Thursday evening that it was important not to incite violence.
“Africa in particular must not think that we hate fellow Africans so much that we are prepared to do the worst to cause them harm,” he said.
On Wednesday, hundreds of people marched in front of the Durban’s City Hall in protest against the xenophobic violence.
Xenophobic violence flares up in townships where living conditions are poor for all those living there, irrespective of where they come from, he says.
SOURCE – BBC