Five people hurt in more SA xenophobic violence

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
20 July 2010

Tensions are running high in South Africa after 5 people were injured Monday evening in more xenophobia fuelled violence, in the KyaSands area of north-western Johannesburg. Some of those injured were Zimbabweans. According to media reports police had to use rubber bullets, helicopters and armoured vehicles to take control of the situation. At least 10 people were arrested as armed police moved from house to house.

Only last week similar violence broke out in the Western Cape with locals looting and burning shops belonging to foreigners. The reports immediately confirmed widely held fears that the end of the World Cup would re-ignite attacks on foreigners. South Africa has a population of about 49 million people and 10 percent of this figure is made up of foreigners, the majority being Zimbabweans fleeing political repression and economic hardships back home.

South Africa’s Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, is however accusing the media of [continue reading]

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