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Foreign refugees selling food aid in S Africa

South Africa: Somali refugees are apparently selling food aid they have received from Good Samaritans, while at the same time refusing to allow their women and children to eat or receive medical assistance.   Hundreds of Somali refugees at a camp outside Pretoria went on a hunger strike this week, refusing to accept any aid from the South...

Police open fire on angry Somali refugees in S Africa

South Africa: More than 200 displaced Somali nationals went on the rampage at the refugee camp outside Pretoria in South Africa on Wednesday.   Police had to intervene and fire rubber bullets at the Somalis after they attacked other foreigners - Angolans, Burundians, Rwandans and Congolese who were seeking medical assistance and food. They...

S African violence put World Cup at jeopardy- UN adviser

Berlin: Further outbreaks of violence against foreigners in South Africa could lead FIFA to move the 2010 World Cup elsewhere, the United Nations adviser on sport said on Thursday.   At least 56 people died and up to 100,000 were displaced when mobs armed with clubs, knives and stones rampaged through shantytowns in Johannesburg, Cape Town...

De Klerk believes Apartheid not to blame for SA violence

South Africa: South Africa's former President FW De Klerk has told that the heritage of apartheid cannot be blamed for this month's xenophobic attacks.   "It would be a great over simplification to blame everything which is wrong... on the heritage of the past," he said. The last apartheid-era leader said unemployment and the high...

Police open fire on angry Somali refugees in S Africa

South Africa: More than 200 displaced Somali nationals went on the rampage at the refugee camp outside Pretoria in South Africa on Wednesday. Police had to intervene and fire rubber bullets at the Somalis after they attacked other foreigners - Angolans, Burundians, Rwandans and Congolese who were seeking medical assistance and food. They are all...

African WC qualifier show on cards

South Africa: The long battle for places at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the Africa Cup of Nations continues this weekend with 22 matches across the continent. After last year's preliminary round 47 teams in 12 groups are now trying to grab just 20 places in the final qualifying stage. However only 44 nations are in action this...

S Africa to set up camps for foreign migrant

South Africa: South Africa is to set up seven camps around the country for foreign migrant workers who have fled a recent wave of anti-immigrant violence. The seven new camps will take up to 70,000 people from the increasingly unsanitary conditions at temporary shelters put up around state buildings. The decision comes despite aid agency advice...

SA violence: Nigeria to seek compensation

Abuja (Nigeria): Nigeria will seek compensation from South Africa for its citizens who were injured or lost property during xenophobic violence that killed dozens and displaced thousands, the government said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe said the authorities had drawn up a list of Nigerians who fell victim to the mayhem that...

South Africa violence under control says minister

Johannesburg: Xenophobic violence against foreign nationals has been brought under control, South Africa's Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said on Monday. "I do believe the situation is under control... the violence has subsided," he said at a briefing at the Union Buildings in the administrative capital Pretoria,...

Passenger bus plunged into river in SA

South Africa: About 30 passengers have been trapped inside a bus that has plunged into a river and 26 more died in South Africa, officials say. Police say at least 26 people were killed when the bus drove off a cliff in Eastern Cape Province near Lesotho. It landed upside down in the river and rescue services are attempting to reach the...

SA president describes violence as disgrace

South Africa: South African President Thabo Mbeki has made a rare national address in which he condemned anti-immigrant violence as "an absolute disgrace." "The shameful actions of a few have blemished the name of South Africa through criminal acts against our African brothers and sisters from other parts of the continent, as well...

South African violence death raises to 50

Durban: The death toll from two weeks of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa rose to 50 on Sunday as concerns mounted for an estimated 35,000 people who have been displaced by the backlash. The anti-immigrant attacks concerns mounted for hundreds of thousand people, including Asians, who have been displaced by the two weeks long violence. A...

Zuma to visit townships in SA

Somalia: The leader of South Africa's governing ANC is to visit some of the townships around Johannesburg hit by a wave of violence against foreigners. Jacob Zuma's move is part of attempts to stop the violence, in which at least 50 have been killed and 25,000 forced from their homes across the country. Correspondents say this will be the...

Thousands take to streets protesting violence in SA

South Africa: Thousands of people in the South African city of Johannesburg have demonstrated against the recent violence against immigrants. They carried banners comparing the current xenophobia to apartheid. Demonstrators carrying placards saying "Xenophobia hurts like apartheid" and "We stand against xenophobia" brought...

Red Cross assist 25,000 after SA unrest spreads

Johannesburg: The Red Cross in South Africa said Saturday it was caring for 25,000 displaced people following nearly two weeks of anti-immigrant violence amid emerging evidence of a humanitarian crisis. The new figures came as the army said it had shot dead a man in a Johannesburg township during joint operations with the police aimed at quelling...