S’Africa Xenophobia: We Are Worried, And We Are Scared- Nigerian Shop Owner

Foreign-owned shops in South Africa have been attacked and looted in east Johannesburg, the latest in a series of xenophobic attacks.
A standoff is ongoing in Johannesburg, with police forming a barrier between an angry crowd and foreign-owned shops.
The violence comes despite Thursday’s rally against xenophobia in the coastal city of Durban, and condemnation from President Jacob Zuma.
At least five people have died in anti-foreigner attacks in recent weeks.
Migrants, mostly from other African states and Asia, have moved to South Africa in large numbers since white-minority rule ended in 1994.
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Many South Africans accuse them of taking jobs in a country where the unemployment rate is 24%.
‘Shocking’
A crowd began looting foreign-owned shops in east Johannesburg on Thursday night. About 200 foreigners took refuge at a police station.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the looters and arrested 12 people.
Eyewitness Raphael Nkomo said: “A group of men were dropped from a minibus. All of them were armed with [knives]. They started chasing people, throwing stones at them, hitting them.”
A new standoff began in the eastern suburb of Jeppestown on Friday, as police sought to prevent people from attacking more shops.

Author: News Editor

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