• SA must prepare for ‘global backlash’ - Weekend Argus

    EPA Mozambican police officers keep an eye on workers who blocked the road in Moamba, Mozambique, yesterday at a border post between the country and South Africa in protest against the xenophobic attacks. THE government warned yesterday that South African nationals and companies abroad could suffer a backlash as a result of the deadly attacks on foreigners in recent weeks. “The impact of attacks has far reaching implications on our economic, social and relations with the continent and the world,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told a briefing on the cabinet’s regular fortnightly meeting on Wednesday. Radebe said the government had noted three instances in which South African artists were scheduled to take part in events abroad, but were told they were no longer welcome because of the wave of xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal and elsewhere.

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobic Attacks - President-Elect Supports FG's Steps

    The President-elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday expressed full support to the steps taken by the Nigerian government to protect its citizens from xenophobic attacks in South Africa. This is contained in a statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, Director Media and Publicity, All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, in Abuja. "Nigeria's Head of Mission in Pretoria had taken the right steps by advising the Nigerian community in South Africa to close their shops, stay at home and keep out of trouble. "Nigerians in South Africa should obey the laws of their host country," the statement quoted Buhari as saying.

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  • King, Mantashe to blame - refugees body

    Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, pictured, should be held responsible for the escalating xenophobic attacks in some parts of Kwazulu-Natal as their sentiments appear to be "encouraging the current attacks". This is the view of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA). In a statement sent to Sowetan yesterday, the consortium condemned the two leaders for reportedly making "utterances that fuel xenophobia, cause divisions and disrupt peaceful coexistence in communities". "CoRMSA strongly condemns the utterance made by his royalty (sic) King Goodwill Zwelithini that 'all foreigners must go back to their countries where they come from', including the utterance made by comrade Mantashe that South Africa needs refugee camps as a solution to the current xenophobic attacks," its executive director Roshan Dadoo said.

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  • Watch: Prophet TB Joshua's 2013 prophecy on xenophobic attacks in South Africa

    On Sunday 28 July, 2013 Prophet T.B. Joshua gave a prophetic warning to South Africans concerning a serious revolt led by youth which would cost lives.

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  • Xenophobia hits MTN, Sasol square on

    On Friday, officials of the newly elected Nigerian government handed a memorandum to the South African high commission in that country, demanding that South Africa take swift action against the attackers - or else South African business in Nigeria would be shut down, news network eNCA reports. This will be of particular concern to MTN as Nigeria is the cellular giant's largest market, responsible for a third of its revenue for the year to December. On Friday, Chris Moroleng, MTN's head of corporate affairs, said none of its staff had been threatened. Other companies with exposure to Nigeria - including Standard Bank, Nedbank, Shoprite, Sun International, Old Mutual, Naspers's MultiC hoice and Massmart - may yet feel the sting of this threat.

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just emerged from a night of violent unrest, as had townships around South Africa. In Soweto on Friday night, metro police rescued two South Africans apprehended by locals as they tried to break into a Pakistani-owned shop.

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  • Nigerians vow to fight back - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    REUTERS African immigrants carry machetes before being dispersed by police officers in Johannesburg. Police fired rubber bullets and a stun grenade to disperse a gang of African immigrants who had armed themselves with machetes in a run-down district of east Johannesburg, a Reuters photographer said. Durban - A group of Nigerians living in Mahatma Gandhi Road in Durban have vowed to defend themselves if attacked by the locals. Solomon Okoro, 31, of the Igbo tribe, said they have been receiving threatening messages but were alert and prepared for any trouble if police are not willing to protect them.

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  • Zuma: SA could have been run by Mbeki’s puppet president - City Press

    If President Jacob Zuma’s political enemies had succeeded in having him prosecuted on corruption charges, South Africa would have ended up with a “puppet president” controlled by Thabo Mbeki from Luthuli House. This is the vision Zuma paints through his attorney, Michael Hulley, in an affidavit filed in the North Gauteng High Court this week. The affidavit was Zuma’s response to the DA’s application to review the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to drop corruption charges against him. In the affidavit, Hulley – and by extension Zuma – takes aim at former Scorpions boss, Leonard McCarthy, accusing him of trying to “thwart Zuma’s political ambitions” by relentlessly pursuing criminal charges against him.

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  • Mugabe blamed for xenophobic attacks on Zimbabweans living in South Africa

    Firebrand Zimbabwean female war veteran and former Zanu PF MP Margaret Dongo has blamed the horrific xenophobic attacks in South Africa on President Robert Mugabe's and Zanu PF's

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  • Xenophobia: ‘payback’ threats issued - IOL News

     Cape Town - African-based terror groups Boko Haram and al-Shabaab’s threats to attack South Africans in retaliation for xenophobic violence should not be taken lightly. Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks, president of the Cape Town-based Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), who said at its Crawford headquarters that “we should not be naive”. A number of Nigerian media outlets reported late this week that Boko Haram “gives South Africa 24 hours to end xenophobic attacks, or face bombing”.

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  • Why did we cheer on these 'foreigners'?

    In one of the scuffles I saw Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates shirts and I’m pretty certain the colours of other clubs were represented somewhere. The Zimbabwean has been the backbone of Chiefs’ run to their fourth Absa Premiership title in the PSL era.

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  • Patricia de Lille elected as the new leader of the DA in the Western Cape

    CAPE Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has been elected as the new leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape. Ms de Lille, who was favourite to win from the moment she announced her availability for the position earlier this year, defeated former Western Cape police commissioner and community safety MEC Lennit Max. Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela was elected deputy provincial leader. More than 1,100 Western Cape delegates attended the party’s elective conference on Saturday at HIS People church in Goodwood. The Western Cape is the DA’s power base and the only province the party governs.

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  • 2 shot dead in volatile Jeppestown

    The area has been a hotspot for xenophobic attacks and the looting of both local and foreign owned shops. Two South Africans have been killed in a hostel in Jeppestown during the xenophobic attacks on 18 April 2015.

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  • Rhodes hasn't fallen, his legacy stands

    Cecil John Rhodes has fallen. The University of Cape Town is arguably the largest statue of Cecil John Rhodes on display, whether the students like it or not. What cannot be erased though is that the land on which the university was built was designated by Rhodes. Maybe the destruction of the university or its evacuation from Rhodes's designated area could save the students from his haunting ghost.

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  • De Kock appears in public – at last - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Eugene de Kock appeared in public for the first time in years when a judge ordered the State to bring him to court. Pretoria - Eugene de Kock appeared in public for the first time in years when a judge ordered the State to bring him to court on Friday. The former commander of the Vlakplaas police hit squad, who spent nearly two decades in jail, turned up in the Pretoria High Court in jeans, a checked shirt and his trademark glasses, looking a little older but still recognisable. De Kock’s lawyers, attorney Julian Knight and advocate Roelof du Plessis SC, had brought an urgent application to the Pretoria High Court, calling for the court to order the State to produce De Kock, as they have been unable to consult with him or clarify his situation of still being in State custody since Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha announced on January 30 that he was being granted parole.

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  • EFF blames ANC for xenophobic violence

    “We call on our people to stop the killings because foreigners are not the enemy‚ neither are they the reason there is poverty‚ unemployment‚ drugs and landlessness‚” it said in a statement on Friday. The party said the killing of foreign nationals will never end South Africans’ problems because even if they were to leave‚ South Africans would still turn on each other using tribalism‚ sexism or even regionalism. For as long as the ANC government does not implement the ideals of the Freedom Charter‚ South Africans will remain poor‚ unemployed and humiliated in their own county.

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  • Xenophobia: Over 1,500 Zimbabweans cross Beitbridge Border

    A group is expected to pass the border between SA & Zimbabwe following xenophobic violence this week.

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  • 30 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

    As this week comes to an end and we gear up for the weekend ahead, let’s take a moment to look back at the pictures that have moved us. Here are the most joyous, sorrowful, impactful, and at times ...

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  • Mugabe ‘disgusted’ by xenophobic attacks - Africa | IOL News

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday expressed shock and disgust at attacks on foreigners in South Africa and said his government was working to bring back home affected Zimbabwean citizens. At least four people have been killed in a wave of xenophobic violence in SA that started two weeks ago in Durban and spread to Johannesburg. Mugabe said during a speech at a football stadium in Harare to mark 35 years of Zimbabwe's independence that all Africans in SA should be treated with dignity. “I would want now to express our sense of shock, disgust as we abhor the incidences which happened in Durban,” Mugabe said.

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  • 78 arrested in KZN xenophobic violence

    KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police say they’ve now arrested 78 people in connection with the xenophobic violence in that province, but say there have been no further reported incidents overnight. The police's Jay Naicker explains. “From the investigation, it’s been established that the man is a foreign national that was living in the area. While reports of violent attacks on foreigners have decreased dramatically in the province since a peace march was held this week, KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu and religious leaders have appealed for calm, and have called on Africans to unite.

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