Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa As Mobs Target Foreigners

 The SA Government has ordered the Police to step up efforts to protect foreigners ; Photo : BBC

Violence against immigrants in South Africa has killed at least five people since last week in one of the worst outbreak of violence in years against foreigners in years.
Some South Africans have accused immigrants of taking jobs and opportunities away from them.

South Africa's official unemployment rate stands at 24%, but some analysts believe that it is much higher.

According to Allafrica news, Hundreds of migrants mostly from other African countries had been forced out of their homes, authorities told the Associated Press news agency on Tuesday.

Most of the recent unrest occurred in and around the coastal city of Durban, where police said two foreigners and three South Africans were killed.
The dead included a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly shot during looting on Monday night and died at a hospital, police official, Jay Naicker said.
The latest violence followed reported comments by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, an influential figure among the Zulu ethnic group, that foreigners should "pack their bags" and leave.
African leaders including Zimbabwe and Malawi have condemned recent attacks with Malawi government stepping up plans to evacuate its citizens from South Africa.
According to  Malawi's information minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Malawi is currently in discussions with South Africa to arrange temporary travel papers for stranded Malawians because most lost their passports in the chaos.
"Most of them fled with literally nothing to safe camps," Nankhumwa said.
"The numbers will swell since some Malawians are in hiding."
Mr Nankhumwa called on the African Union and other Southern African Comuunity to intervene to help protect foreigners.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma condemned the violence and assigned several cabinet ministers to work on the problem with officials in KwaZulu-Natal province, which includes Durban.
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