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ANC urge to combat violence in SA

South Africa: The secretary general of South Africa's governing ANC has called on party members to form local committees to combat violence against foreigners. Gwede Mantashe says that they should work to "take the streets back from criminals", whilst giving support to the police and help to the victims. The unrest has now spread to...

SA alleged apartheid foes behind the violence

Cape Town (South Africa): South Africa's security chief on Friday accused rightwingers linked to the former apartheid government of fanning xenophobic violence that has spread to Cape Town, the second largest city and tourist centre. At least 42 people have been killed and more than 25,000 driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks by mobs...

Cape Town came under attack as violence spreads in SA

South Africa: Violence against foreigners in South Africa spread to Cape Town overnight with people assaulted and shops looted.   "Groups within the crowd started to loot shops owned by Zimbabweans and other foreigners," police spokesman Billy Jones told news agency. He said hundreds of African migrants had fled Cape Town's Du Noon...

Army takes the streets in S Africa

South Africa: South African troops have been deployed for the first time in an effort to stop attacks on foreigners that have left 42 dead and forced thousands to flee.   Soldiers backed police in early morning raids at three hostels in Johannesburg, arresting 28 people and seizing drugs, arms and ammunition. This is the first time soldiers...

Immigrants leave South Africa over violence

Johannesburg (South Africa): More than 10,000 Mozambicans have fled home from South Africa to escape xenophobic attacks that have killed at least 42 people, officials in the neighbouring country said on Wednesday. Soldiers backed police in early morning raids in Johannesburg and air force helicopters patrolled Alexandra township after President...

President orders to deploy army

South Africa: South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has approved the deployment of the army to quell violence against foreigners. The announcement from his office came after xenophobic attacks spread outside Johannesburg to the city of Durban. It is the first time troops are being ordered out onto the streets to quell unrest since the end of...

South Africa violence touches Durban

Johannesburg (South Africa): Violence against foreigners in South Africa's black areas has spread to the port of Durban where a mob wielding clubs and broken bottles threatened a group of Nigerian residents in one of the city's townships.   Police said no-one had been hurt but property belonging to the Nigerians had been damaged. News of the...

South Africa unrest creats panic, affects business

Johannesburg (South Africa): Among the victims of a surge of anti-foreigner violence in South Africa was a construction company owner accused of hiring foreigners who died when a mob set fire to his house.   Shops have been looted, fearful staff aren't making it to work and the business community worries about the long-term effects on the...

Somali shot dead in S Africa

Somalia: A Somalian spaza shop owner has been shot and killed and another wounded in Durbanville in the Cape Peninsula on Saturday.   Police spokesperson, Bernadine Steyn says four men allegedly approached the shop and demanded money from 28 year old Gair Rashied. He was shot in the side of the body and died on the scene. Steyn says his 30...

Somalia face Kenya Friday in U-20 football

Kenya, Apr 17: Kenya under-20 coach Leonard Saleh named his 18-member squad to travel to Djibouti Thursday for a first leg, preliminary round Africa Youth Championship qualifier against Somalia Friday.   As expected, all the six Kenyan Premier League club players in the provisional squad made the cut including Agro Chemical goalkeeper Finus...