PORT ELIZABETH – A foreign national attacked by protestors in Greenfield, Port Elizabeth, has died in hospital on Thursday.
Police confirmed the man was stabbed and sustained wounds to the forehead, chest and stomach.
Authorities are now investigating a case murder.
Service delivery protests erupted in Port Elizabeth this week and spread to at least five different informal settlements.
At least 27 people have been arrested for public violence since protests started on Monday.
Demonstrators took to the streets burning tyres and looting shops belonging to foreigners.
A bus was also set alight on Thursday morning.
Police spokesperson Stanley Jarvis said they will maintain a strong presence in Booysen Park, Greenfield, Timothy Valley and Missionvale.
He added Greenfield residents were the most violent, throwing stones at the police and media.
The situation remained calm in other areas, Jarvis added.
As an uneasy calm settles over the Diepsloot township in northern Johannesburg, Cabinet urged communities to be on guard against more violence targeting foreign nationals.
At least 45 people were arrested since violence broke out in the informal settlement on Sunday evening.
This after two Zimbabwean nationals allegedly gunned down a Somali shopowner.
Cabinet discussed the matter when it met in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu briefed journalists in Parliament on Thursday.
She said Cabinet doesn’t want to stamp the violence as xenophobia.
“Cabinet calls on communities to be vigilant against possible violence targeting foreign nationals. Cabinet is careful not to label these acts of violence as xenophobic because preliminary evidence indicates these acts may be driven by criminality.”
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)