Anne Marie fled the Rwandan genocide in 1994. But her new life in South African was shattered in the 2008 xenophobia attacks.
"Migration has been happening since time immemorial. The United States was built as a nation of immigrants. Migration happens. Fact."
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa insisted on Friday that the recent violence in the Western Cape was "so-called" rather than actual xenophobia.
Zimbabwe has set up temporary shelters for scores of its nationals leaving South Africa following threats of attacks on foreigners, an official said.
South African authorities might be denying a xenophobic upsurge in the wake of the World Cup, but they are taking no chances.
Some foreigners are slowly going back to their homes, but others remain cautious.
By day the 26-year-old SA woman sells vetkoek and apples on a bustling street in Du Noon, at night she sleeps at the home of her Malawian friend.
While police action this time around has been swift, justice for many of those involved in the xenophobic attacks has been painfully slow.
"The mysterious incompatibility of bias and brigandry" sums up the government's curious responses to the current xenophobic violence.
A Somali-born moved to a predominantly coloured area of the Strand near Cape Town to escape xenophobia. But now he has been asked to close shop.