South Africans stranded in Moz after food riots

source: IOL
September 02 2010 at 06:24AM
By PETER FABRICIUS, OMPHITLHETSE MOOKI AND AGENCIES

Hundreds of South Africans got caught up in riots that gripped Mozambique on Wednesday, forcing them to extend their stay in the country and leaving a number of hotels in Maputo scrambling to accommodate those left stranded.

Several people were killed when police opened fire on rioters protesting over rising food, water and electricity prices in Maputo and nearby Matola. The rioters brought much of the capital to a standstill.

Most people couldn’t get to work, and passengers were stranded in Joburg and elsewhere because Maputo’s airport was shut.

Local television station Soico Televisao put the death toll at 10 or more, with at least 11 injuries, though the state news agency, AIM, put the death toll at [continue reading]

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