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S African president calls youth to resist violence

Johannesburg: The youth of South Africa should stand up against the perpetrators of xenophobic violence, South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Monday. Speaking at a University of the Western Cape gathering, Mbeki said the youth had a responsibility to protect foreign nationals. "One of your immediate and critical responsibilities is to...

S Africa heads for tough time after spiraling food cost

Johannesburg: South Africa, the continent's economic powerhouse, is braced for a slowdown after a stretch of solid growth, as higher interest rates coupled with rising food and fuel costs are set to bite. Growth in the first quarter measured 2.1 percent on a 12-monthbasis, down sharply from 5.3 percent in the last quarter of 2007, government...

Concern over conditions in Zimbabwe

South Afirca: South Africa is expressing concern over the political violence sweeping across Zimbabwe ahead of the country's presidential run-off election. "The arrests of opposition leaders and ongoing violence in Zimbabwe need to be addressed urgently," South Africa's Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said. The latest comment...

S African mob lynched a Mozambican

South Africa: A mob has burned a Mozambican man alive after accusing him of setting fire to a shack, following a recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.   The 30-year-old victim was stoned then burned in the Atteridgeville Township, said Captain Thomas Mufamadi, who estimated the mob at about 300 people. Police arrested three...

Court bans Aids vitamin trials in S Africa

South Africa: A South African court has banned unauthorised trials of vitamin therapies for Aids, which some say are a health risk. The High Court in Cape Town ruled against German physician Matthias Rath and US doctor David Rasnick, a former adviser to President Thabo Mbeki. The case was brought by the pressure group the Treatment Action...

S African leader anxious about Zimbabwe unrest

Johannesburg: Leader of South Africa's ruling party Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he was alarmed and anxious about reports of widespread violence and brutality in Zimbabwe's election campaign. Speaking during a visit to India, Zuma said in a speech released by his African National Congress in Johannesburg: "We cannot rest until the...

Migrant Somalis 'threaten suicide' in South Africa

South Africa: Somalis displaced by attacks against foreigners in South Africa have been threatening to drown themselves, according to local media. The migrants were reportedly seeking to be resettled from a camp outside Cape Town that had been set up after the recent violence. A police spokesman said rumours several people had drowned were untrue...

Over 800 Somalis jump into sea in South Africa

South Africa: More than 800 Somali immigrants in refugee camp called in (Fish oak) camp have entirely stepped into the sea close to their camp near the sea following the police prevented them from quitting the doorstep to give in to the United Nations high commissioner for refugees to contend with their appalling situations sunday according to...

Nigeria praises S African effort to calm violence

Cape Town: Nigeria's president praised South Africa on Tuesday for ending attacks on African migrants and made no mention of his government's suggestion it would seek compensation for losses suffered by Nigerians.   The comments from President Umaru Yar'Adua, during a visit to Cape Town, contrasted with Nigeria's earlier vocal condemnation of...

Somali traders protest violence in S Africa

Cape Town (South Africa): Hundreds of mostly Somali traders marched to the South African parliament on Monday to protest against recent anti-immigrant attacks.   At least 62 people have been killed in attacks over the last three weeks on African immigrants around the country. Poor residents accuse migrants of stealing their jobs, with a large...

Nigeria president in S Africa for compensation

South Africa: Nigeria's President Umaru Yar-Adua starts a four-day visit to South Africa, in an attempt to seek compensation for victims of violence.   "The president will leave Abuja on Monday and return on Thursday," for a visit aimed at forging closer ties between Africa's most populous country and its biggest economy,...

Traders protest violence in S Africa

Cape Town (South Africa): Hundreds of mostly Somali traders marched to the South African parliament on Monday to protest against recent anti-immigrant attacks.   At least 62 people have been killed in attacks over the last three weeks on African immigrants around the country. Poor residents accuse migrants of stealing their jobs, with a large...

S Africa migrants camps lacks the standard-Oxfam

South Africa: The camps where South Africa's government plans to house migrants displaced by xenophobic attacks do not meet humanitarian standards, international aid agency Oxfam said on Sunday.   Some 62 migrants have been killed and tens of thousands forced from their homes around the country. The violence, which has subsided, targeted...

SA Communist party demands Mbeki out, early election

Johannesburg (South Africa): South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has failed to provide leadership and should be recalled from the presidency to make way for early elections, the South African Communist Party said on Sunday.   The SACP, in coalition government with the ANC since the end of apartheid more than 14 years ago, blamed Mbeki for a...

S Africa death toll rises to 62 as violence continues

Johannesburg (South Africa): A wave of attacks on foreigners in South Africa has killed 62 people since the violence broke out three weeks ago, police said on Saturday.   The violence, which has now subsided, targeted newcomers to South Africa as well as those who had been in the country for decades, and tens of thousands were forced to take...