Seasonal farmworkers from Lesotho and Zimbabwe in Nkqubela Township, Western Cape, clashed over jobs on Thursday.
Officers from the Public Order Police (POP) were despatched to Robertson at the Cape Winelands following the clashes and are monitoring the situation.
A number of people sustained moderate injuries after the two groups clashed before the police arrived.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa refuted reports that several people and children had been hacked during the clashes. Said Poletwa:
Social media reports indicating that individuals died and children were hacked as a result of the clashes in Robertson are refuted as fake news aimed at causing unnecessary panic.
Meanwhile, mediation efforts continue between the warring parties with the local SAPS, the municipality, the farming community and the department of labour playing a leading role.
Potelwa said a group of people sought refuge outside the Robertson Police Station in fear of possible attacks on Thursday night.
She however did not disclose the nationality of the people who sought shelter at the police station.