1 Killed, 5 Injured in Fresh Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

One person has been killed while five sustained injuries in a fresh outbreak of xenophobia in South Africa.

News 24reports that the yet to be identified victim was stabbed with a sharp object at a corner of Bree and Plein streets in Johannesburg.

This comes after armed protesters had marched through the streets on Sunday, demanding that foreigners should return to where they came from.

Some shops were looted during the violence. Kay Makhubele, Gauteng police spokesman, said 16 people were arrested for public violence and possession of stolen property.

The protesters were said to have disrupted a gathering which was being addressed by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a notable politician and Zulu tribe leader, on Sunday morning.

The politician had gone to speak to residents of George Goch, Denver and Jeppestown hostel, following xenophobic attacks.

The newspaper said the police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to restrain the crowd when chaos broke out.

Last week, shops and properties of Nigerians and other African nationals were looted and destroyed, leading to a diplomatic row and backlash in several African countries.


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