South Africa’s foreign minister has called an urgent meeting with ambassadors following attacks against foreigners in Durban.
Three people have died amid protests targeting shops, many of which are foreign-owned.
Around 50 people sought shelter at a police station when a group of unemployed South Africans forced them out of their homes in the night.
Foreigners are targeted by people who accuse them of taking jobs from locals.
About 100 people attacked small food shops on Sunday night, looting and burning the buildings.
One woman died when she fell through a roof while she was running away from protesters.
Another two people died from gunshot wounds, allegedly inflicted by a shopkeeper.
The minister of international relations and co-operation, Lindiwe Sisulu, urged the police to act against people targeting foreigners.