Parliament has suspended its plenary sittings for next week to allow MPs to go to their constituencies and combat xenophobia.
Important portfolio committee meetings tasked with passing the budget in time will continue‚ but full plenary meetings of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces have been suspended to free up MPs.
The decision was taken by the multi-party chief whips' forum this week and has the support of all major political parties.
Parliament will also establish a multiparty committee which will visit areas identified as hotspots for attacks against foreign nationals to investigate causes and recommend measures to avoid the recurrence of such incidents.
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