Monday, May 26, 2008

Death toll climbs to 50 in Xenophobia violence

By Ilhaam Hoosain
25 May 2008


Announced at the weekend, the death toll of people killed because of xenophobia violence has been reported to be at 50, this is according to police.

There were no major attacks reported over the weekends says police spokesperson Govindsamy Mariemuthoo. The SABC further reports that police have put deaths at 50, arrests at 500 and 17 000 have been displaced.

At the weekend in the Ramaphosa informal settlement some shacks were burnt but police controlled the situation. Police also broke up a fight between a number of local residents and foreigners living in the community, in Actonville.

The xenophobic attacks has spread to other provinces like Mpumalanga, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. The tensions stem from the violent attacks that began since May 12.

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