Xenophobic violence are occurring through South Africa: to cope with this the authorities have decided to deploy the army in some areas of Johannesburg, which are being extended also to Durban, where in recent days at least six people were reported killed. In recent days, however, over 300 people have been arrested, and estimated number of victims following the clashes have risen to about 80. “We decided to use as a last resort, says Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, –the army which will have a deterrent function against criminals”. In addition, the Government wants to emphasise that it “condemns the mutilation and killing of our brothers and sisters from other parts of the continent.
In the last two weeks in Durban shops and houses owned by Somalis, Ethiopians,Malawian and other immigrants have been under target, to force entire families to flee and to seek shelter in camps protected by armed guards. South Africa’s economic capital, Johannesburg, reported acts of violence against businesses owned by foreigners. In the township of Alexandra the tension between locals and immigrants is out of control, owing to the fact that at least 400,000 people have been forced to live in 7.6 square kilometres
The first cases of xenophobic violence had been reported earlier on this year in Soweto, nearJohannesburg, in the face of growing frustration at the lack of opportunities for many blacks born after 1994, i.e. after the end of apartheid.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati