Malawian national l Elube Mwale left homeless after her house in Rosettenville, southern Johannesburg, was torched.
Mwale is one of several residents left homeless after community members allegedly set their homes on fire.
This follows a wave of violent protests in the area over drugs and prostitution that has resulted in more than 10 houses believed to be drug dens being torched on Saturday.
Mwale told local a private owned tv that she and her family are left homeless.
“I have nowhere to go, I have got a kid and on Saturday night I slept outside with the kid outside, no food no clothes who is going to help me,” a devastated Mwale said.
Mwale added she had been caught in the crossfire between locals and foreigners.
“I am an innocent woman, these people are saying that this house belongs to Nigerians and I am not a Nigerian,” said Mwale.
“I have been in this house for three years and I have not seen mistakes from here. Before they burn they must ask us if you are a Nigerian or where you coming from.
“I am Malawian, my husband is Malawian and all my sisters are Malawians. I feel bad, I don’t know where to go. Some people whom I don’t know helped me with money to sleep at the lodge last night but what about today?”
Mwale said she had lost everything she owned, including money and almost 80 pairs of shoes which were supposed to be exported to Malawi.