There was a thick, tension filled atmosphere in Giyani, all through Wednesday as the local community declared war on the foreign shop owners that service the area.
It is understood that business ground to a holt amid the threat of violence, and tensions eventually boiled over in the late afternoon, with shops being burnt.
It is believed that these protests will have far reaching consequences at a time that South African community is at its most volatile with the Tswane Unrest hogging national news space for 5 days running.
Xenophobia attacks are not new, and it is feared that this new spring in Giyani could grow into a national crisis.
More details to follow.