Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele says South Africa spends a significant amount of money annually deporting illegal immigrants to their countries of origin.
The eThekwini Municipality has described the reintegration process of hundreds of displaced foreign nationals as a resounding success.
A senior researcher at Human Rights Watch South Africa, Dewa Mavinga, has cautioned politicians to avoid making statements which could spark violence ahead of the May 8 elections.
Foreign nationals owning shops around Emalahleni in Mpumalanga have accused the Emalahleni Municipality and the SAPS of instigating xenophobic attacks.
International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on the law enforcement agencies to immediately act against violence, criminal activities and looting of properties of foreign nationals.