Protests against immigrants spread in South Africa

Protests against immigrants spread in South Africa
Published: 2015 April 17 08:13:25 (8511 Views)
A woman has become the latest victim of inhumane anti-immigrant protests sweeping South Africa after she was left covered in blood when rocks were thrown through her car window.
    
So far six people are believed to have been killed in the violent protests which started two weeks ago in Durban, a key port on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast, spreading to Johannesburg.

Around 200 protesters shouted that they wanted immigrants to leave the country and were pelted passing vehicles and the police with rocks.

Some foreign nationals threatened to defend themselves and police got between them and South Africans after a peace march in Durban.

South African police responded to the wave of protests by firing rubber bullets and tear gas today to disperse the crowds.

Many foreign nationals have emptied their shops and fled over fears of attacks.





Brutality flared days after Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said in remarks reported by local media that foreigners should leave South Africa. He has since said his comments were misinterpreted.
 
Addressing parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, President Zuma reiterated his condemnation of the brutality, calling it a 'violation' of South Africa's values.

'No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops,' he said.

He also said the government was taking steps to secure its porous borders and making progress in setting up a Border Management Agency, announced last year and scheduled to be up and running in 2016.

In the past two weeks, shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants in Durban and surrounding townships have been targeted, forcing families to flee to camps protected by armed guards.

Foreign nationals living near Johannesburg were seen removing items from their shops and shutting up their stores because of fears they could be targeted by protesters.

Johannesburg was the epicentre of the 2008 xenophobic attacks that killed more than 60 people.




Source - Dailymail

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