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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:55 am

Johannesburg, South Africa - Well before dawn every day, Phinius Mawira takes a crate of oranges, apples, bananas, peanuts, and other snacks to one of the busiest street corners in the township of Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg. Customers are happy with his service, the Zimbabwean migrant says, because most other shops in the area don‟t open until well after most commuters have already left Diepsloot on minibus taxis for their jobs in Johannesburg. But some customers whisper the warning: “After the World Cup is over, you‟d better run back to your country. People will come for you.” Those are words Mr. Mawira takes quite seriously, given the xenophobic riots of 2008 that killed 67 foreign migrants who were perceived to be taking South African jobs. Some 200,000 migrants took shelter in tent city camps before the South African government shut them down, often returning the migrants to the townships that expelled them with no attempt at reconciliation. “We are all worried about that,” says Mr. Mawira, who left Zimbabwe two years ago, after a national election failed to dislodge the long-ruling autocratic President Robert Mugabe. “Most of the people here think that we foreigners take their jobs. But this is just my business.” He stares a bit and says, “People talk about what happened in 2008, and me, I‟m a Zimbabwean. I‟m alone here.

I‟m worried.” The government says there are no indications that a storm is brewing. Yet there are reasons for concern. South Africa has high unemployment, despite 15 years of economic growth. The World Cup gave the country a boost, but now that all the stadiums, hotels, rail-links, and roads have been built, South Africa has likely reached a peak. After the World Cup ends July 11, there will be less need for waiters, bell-boys, and others in the service industry. If boom leads to bust, recent history suggests that locals might take out their frustrations on migrants who appear to be prospering. Government prepares for possible xenophobic attacks But South African officials say there will be no return to the bad old days of 2008. Last week, government spokesman Themba Maseko told the Monitor that South Africa would do all it could to protect its image by ensuring that no foreigner is attacked. Mr. Maseko warned that any xenophobic attacks perpetrated against foreign nationals would not be tolerated. Maseko said Cabinet had re-established the inter-ministerial committee (IMC), which is focuses on and deals with incidents and threats of xenophobia attacks on foreign nationals. "This came after reports of possible attacks on foreigners after the 2010 FIFA World Cup," says Maseko. "The law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to act speedily and decisively against anyone found to incite or participate in violent acts against foreign nationals." But South African citizens, mainly from the poor black townships, argue that an attack could not be ruled out. Interviews with a number of South Africans shows a deep animosity toward foreigners in their country.

'The best is to kick them out violently' Kabelo Gumede of Katlehong township, located some 12 miles south of Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD), says he is fed up of foreign nationals coming to South Africa to make him jobless. "Every morning I go right round Johannesburg city looking for a job, but I can't find any because of these foreigners,” says Mr. Gumede. “The best thing is to kick them out violently." Tiyani Tsakisi of Diepsloot, which is located 9 miles northwest of Johannesburg, says he hates foreigners for stealing South Africa's beautiful girls and women. "The problem with foreigners is that they pay huge sums of money to our girls and women resulting in them refusing to fall in love with us," Mr. Tsakisi says. Tshidiso Mokoena of Vereeniging says foreigners bring in drugs such as cocaine, mandrax, marijuana, and commit robbery. "I have no problem living with foreigners provided they respect our elders.

Now my main problem staying with our African brothers and sisters is that they impregnate our girls and dump them," says Mokeona. Threats are real: officer Duncan Breen, advocacy officer for the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), says such threats are widespread, "real," and "they have to be prevented at all cost.” The 2008 attacks were not an isolated incident, Mr. Breen says, citing at least 10 incidents of race violence that have occurred in 2010 in the Johannesburg area. "Now, a week from the opening match of the World Cup, threats are mounting of further mass xenophobic violence once the event is over,” he says.

Xenophobic attacks against foreigners are based on “misplaced” and “primitive” stereotypes, says Marc Gbaffou, an Ivoirian national and president of African Diaspora Forum, an advocacy group. “Prevention does not rest with ourselves," says Mr. Gbaffou. "Until the South African government engages in an education and political campaign against xenophobia, and fully deconstructs the scape-goating process when confronted to residents' frustrations, we believe the threat remains very high." Zimbabweans feel they have no choice Many South Africans are of the mindset that violence against foreigners will force them home, says Luke Zunga of the Global Zimbabwe Forum, which has 7 million members living in worldwide Diaspora. That feeling is grossly misplaced, he argues. "Zimbabweans are not in South Africa by choice; many never dreamed of coming to South Africa,” says Mr. Zunga. “They are forced out of their country by politics, which led to economic meltdown.”

Local township councilors are under pressure for their failure to deliver basic services such as water, electricity, and trash pickup, so they often fan the xenophobic threats as a diversion, Zunga says. "Basically xenophobia is caused by the [competition] for jobs and space, particularly in poor areas. We appeal to South Africans not to do this, but let‟s work together," he says. Mohamad Radi Gruer, an Ethiopian shopkeeper who arrived just two months ago to run a shop in Diepsloot, says he‟s praying that nothing comes of the threats. “People are telling me, „All foreigners will go out,‟” he says, standing in a neatly arranged shop full of corn meal, oil, and other staples. He was robbed a month ago, and he knows a Somali shopkeeper who was also robbed and then shot by the perpetrators. “If I was alone, I could just run away,” says Mr. Gruer. “But I‟m married. My wife is 7 months pregnant. Maybe she gets her baby in July, during World Cup. So now, I‟m just praying to God. Praying to God.” - Christian Monitor

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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:05 pm

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Despite still feeling scared, many Somalis forced from informal settlements may head back to their homes on Thursday if there were no more threats.

"I've been in contact with people in Delft, Du Noon, Khayelitsha, Nyanga and other places and they've said we should come back. They say because our shops aren't there they must travel far and pay more money. The communities say they will protect us," Mahad Omar Abdi, chairman of the Somali Crisis Group said on Wednesday.

Since Sunday scores of foreigners from informal settlements around the province left their homes after receiving threats.

This breaking news flash was supplied exclusively to iol.co.za by the news desk at our sister title, the Cape Times.

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PosOnderwerp: Somalis act to avoid violence outbreak   Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:34 pm



2010/07/14
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VICTIM OF VIOLENCE... Somali Mutar Mohamed was robbed in his Save More spaza shop in New Brighton. Picture: SAM MAJELA



FEARS of possible xenophobic attacks by vindictive elements in townships around Nelson Mandela Bay have forced Somalis to stay in solidarity groups to ensure their safety.

But despite incessant rumours, no Somali shopkeepers have vacated their shops in fear or been forced to leave townships like New Brighton, Kwazakhele, KwaNobuhle, Motherwell and Walmer, where such incidents took place in the past. A spokesman for the Somalis, Abdirahman Ahmed, said while nothing explosive like the incidents in Cape Town had erupted in Port Elizabeth or other places in the Eastern Cape, they had urged their members to be more vigilant and work with communities and the police to prevent any violence.

“We encourage our members to stay and integrate themselves with the communities. We take part in sport and attend residents’ meetings,” Amhed said.

One of the Somalis in New Brighton, Muktar Mohamed, said he was living in constant fear after some youths in the neighbourhood taunted him about a planned attack that would drive Somalis and other foreigners out of the country.

“We don’t know what will happen. They tell us to go to our home country.”

About a month ago Mohamed’s Save More spaza shop was robbed of R3000 by armed robbers who forced their way into the business at midnight.

A week ago three armed men allegedly walked into the Somali-owned Halaal Supermarket in Avenue A, New Brighton, and opened fire. No one was injured. Owner Jamal Abdi Hashi said he was alone in the store when the attack occurred in what appeared to be an attempt to instill fear and panic in Somalis.

“I was behind the counter. They pointed the gun at me. One bullet hit the wall and they ran away.” He said he was worried there might be more attacks.

The Eastern Cape chairman of the Somali Association of South Africa, Dino Jilley, said they were powerless in the face of danger but hoped the police and communities would protect them.

“We do not have power. We only urge our members to treat customers well and be polite. We even encourage them to speak Xhosa and show support.”

He said many Somalis felt South Africa was their new home and they should work with its citizens to develop it.

The owner of the Corner Cafe, in an informal settlement outside New Brighton, Abdullah Hussein, said he did not anticipate any xenophobic attacks as local residents treated them as fellow citizens. “People and young children call us ‘my friend’. They help us learn Xhosa and invite us to their homes.”

Hussein said he had operated his business in the area since 2003 and had never been attacked because he happened to be a “foreigner”.


He pointed to Somali artist K’naan – whose sensational song Waving Flag was made the official anthem of the World Cup – as an example of how Somalis could bring people from different cultures together in peace and harmony.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:20 pm

Xenophobia areas no different since 2008
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CAPE TOWN — There has been little change in the environment that gave rise to the xenophobia attacks of 2008, the SA Institute of Race Relations warned yesterday.

Spokesperson Catherine Schulze said the institute was not predicting an outbreak of violence, as there was not enough information to do so.

But it was cautioning that the environment that gave rise to the attacks of 2008 was “largely unchanged”.

“Poverty, unemployment and incomes indicators have not shifted significantly since 2008, while high levels of crime and violence are an everyday reality in many poor communities.

“At the same time, reports of increased threats, some disguised as jokes and idle banter, created an enabling environment for a renewed series of attacks.”

She said the institute urged the government and the African National Congress to use their leadership positions to change perceptions that many black South Africans harboured towards foreign African immigrants.

Senior government figures should make “concerted public statements” condemning xenophobia. The institute’s statement followed a series of incidents in the Western Cape, where on Sunday night a number of foreign-owned spaza and container shops in Cape Town and surrounding towns were burnt and looted.

Vandalism and attempted looting continued during the day on Monday in Khayelitsha, where police helped Somali shop owners to remove their goods.

However, the police said yesterday morning that the situation was “calm”.

President Jacob Zuma said on Monday that while there had been rumours of planned new xenophobic violence, he was not certain that there had been actual threats.

He said the government had established a ministerial commission to deal with the situation and people “should not have fears”.

In May, Gauteng-based academics said foreigners feared a resurgence of xenophobic violence against them after the 2010 World Cup.

Sixty-two people died and 150 000 were displaced in xenophobic attacks which started in Gauteng in 2008.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:08 pm

We Zulus are going to beat you up'
July 17 2010 at 09:35AM



By Thabiso Thakali

Moses ka Moyo has lived in Hillbrow for the past 11 years - working tirelessly as a community activist trying to bring change in the lives of average people, foreign and local.

His mission, with community workers, has been to create a sense of a real life in a place where few people would have wanted to live 10 years ago.

Never before has the Zimbabwean-born Ka Moyo felt as uncertain, or so in danger of his life, as he did last week.

Along with at least 400 other immigrants living in a block of flats in Hillbrow, he was one of the recipients of a door-to-door leaflet blitz.

The message was stark. Zimbabweans were urged to be careful because they were going to be "wiped out".

The letters read: "Zimbabweans we don't like you. You must go back to your country. You took everything that belongs to us, our jobs and our women... We Zulus are going to beat you up after the World Cup."

Although he was tempted to write off the faceless threats as crude, empty intimidation, Ka Moyo said that, for the first time ever, the message in the letter had stabbed straight through to his heart. He became unsure and afraid.

"I have a family... children and a wife," he said. "Receiving threats like this will have an impact on them. When the xenophobic outbreak happened the last time there was no warning. It gets to you as a person, even if you might want to dismiss it as scaremongering."

This week the 33-year-old, who also chairs the Hillbrow community policing forum, and residents of his building were out on the streets, taking the fight back to their faceless foes.

They embarked on a journey of their own, delivering pamphlets and messages from one building to another urging both locals and foreigners living the densely populated Hillbrow to report acts of xenophobia to the police.

They distributed flyers pleading for tolerance, preaching peace and providing the contact details of police officers, especially station commanders, who could be called in the event of an outbreak of violence.

They went into churches, businesses, flats, pubs and restaurants calling for people to speak out against attacks on foreigners.

"We have urged those who have security to ensure that their gates are always locked and that their closed-circuit television cameras are working at all times to pick up any suspicious movements," he said, walking into the dark alley of an abandoned building where hundreds of foreigners had found succour.

"The greatest threat is probably to the vulnerable like these who live in a building that has neither water supply nor electricity. But today we have to be prepared because we were warned.

"We have developed a number of counter-xenophobic programmes, including campaigns where we encourage people to get to know one another in the neighbourhood."

Normal resident meeting agendas have been amended to feature a new item - the need to forge relationships among locals and foreigners to fight injustices and disputes together.


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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:49 pm

I SUPPOSE- ACCORDING TO THE "UP-TO-DATE" POLICE SERVICE- THIS CASE WAS DEFINITELY NOT A CASE OF "XENOPHOBIA"- JUST A MERE ACT OF "GOODWILL" FROM THE SOUTH-AFRICAN BLACK POPULATION TOWARDS THEIR SOMALIAN "BROTHERS."

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Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:13

A Somali shopkeeper has been killed in the Western Cape township of Nyanga.

The 19-year-old man died after he was allegedly shot by two suspects in his shop at Vlei Sweet Home Farms on Monday morning.

It is believed the attackers demanded that the victim open the burglar gate of the shop.

But the police's Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said a shot was fired while he was searching for the key, killing him instantly.

"The suspects fled the scene on foot. We have opened a case of murder, and we request anyone that may have witnessed the incident to contact Nyanga police," she said.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:54 pm

THIS ACTIONS- WE SUPPOSE- WILL BE DESCRIBED BY THE EVER "AWAKE" POLICE SERVICE- AS MERE "INTER-RELATIONS BETWEEN NATIONS"- FROM THE SOUTH-AFRICAN BLACK TOWNSHIP DWELLERS "POINT OF VIEW" - AS NOT TO DISTURB THE ALREADY HEAVILY COOKED-UP CRIME FIGURES IN SA TOO MUCH.

Xeno attacks hit Joburg
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Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:34

There has been an outbreak of attacks against foreign-owned businesses at an informal settlement in Kya Sands in northern Johannesburg.

Residents who have spoken to Eyewitness News said locals targeted foreign owned spaza shops on Sunday night.

The people also threatened to damage the foreigners' homes.

A Zimbabwean woman in the area said she was terrified.

"They took mealie meal, rice and things like that and they are still promising that they are going to fight us until we go," she said.

Police upped their presence there on Monday morning and encouraged immigrants not to flee their homes.

Mthethwa goes to Atteridgeville

Meanwhile, police officers in Atteridgeville in Pretoria West on Sunday said residents there cannot blame their unemployment on hard working foreigners.

On Sunday the community was given a chance to raise their concerns about foreigners with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Many residents there said illegal immigrants are stealing their jobs, homes, water and electricity, and they told Mthethwa they will take the law into their own hands if government does not address poverty, unemployment and crime.

But Mthethwa promised officers will use force to stop attacks on foreigners, adding the residents cannot blame their African neighbours for the failings of local government.

A crime intelligence officer who works in Atteridgeville agreed with the minister and said foreigners have jobs because they work hard to earn a living.

"To be honest South Africans are not hard workers. You will never see a South African cutting hair or selling cigarettes on the streets. We have to stop this because these are our brothers," he said.


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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:57 pm

Foreign nationals killed in township attack

2010/07/19
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TWO Ethiopians were gunned down in Nelson Mandela Bay’s Walmer township at the weekend, a day after all provincial police heads were ordered to establish task teams to deal with possible attacks against foreigners.

The two were shot dead in their spaza shop shortly after 7pm on Saturday.

Police first thought the double murder was a botched robbery, but no goods or cash were taken.

One man was shot four times in the chest and the other twice.

Police spokesman Alwin Labans said a 32-year-old Ethiopian man had died in hospital. His 28-year-old compatriot was found dead behind the shop counter.

“We are investigating and cannot speculate at this stage as to the reason for the murder,” he said.

Labans would not confirm whether the attack was linked to xenophobia, but said nothing had been stolen.

According to police sources, the two men were “warned by locals” on Friday.

“The men who shot them apparently warned them to leave Walmer or suffer the consequences,” an officer said.

The double murder comes less than a week after foreign-owned shops in the Western Cape were torched by angry mobs in suspected xenophobic attacks.

In confidential correspondence in the possession of The Herald, National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele issued a national order for all provinces to conduct crime combating operations “immediately after the World Cup”.

According to the letter, the nationwide operation is due to commence today.

The national notice – sent to provincial police, the departments of home affairs and health, the SANDF and other role-players – stated the core focus was on dealing with attacks on foreigners and apprehending wanted criminals.

The orders instruct each province to establish a Crime Combating Task Group comprising the defence force, crime intelligence, SA Revenue Service, traffic officials, Home Affairs officials and the Hawks.

The main objective is aimed at increased law enforcement visibility, such as more road blocks, search operations, surveillance and air support operations, as well as foot patrols.

The notice also stated “intelligence driven operations in hotspot areas” must be done and “contingency plans regarding attacks on foreigners” should be formed.

A national breakdown of each province’s suspected xenophobic risk area is highlighted. The Bay’s areas included Kwazakhele, New Brighton, Motherwell, Kuyga, Ikamvelihle, KwaNobuhle, Humewood, Lusaka squatter camp on Mission Road, and Greenbushes.

In another report, Buffalo City is rated with the highest chance of experiencing xenophobic attacks out of all the Eastern Cape’s municipal districts.

It stood a 31.1% chance of attacks on foreigners breaking out. Of the 45 municipal wards, 14 wards were showing signs of possible xenophobic attacks.

The Bay scored the second highest threat level, with residents in 16 of the 60 wards displaying possible signs of attacks on foreigners. It received a 26.7% chance of a xenophobic outbreak.

Gauteng was the most likely to experience xenophobic attacks, with its Nokeng Tsa Taemane municipality being the only one to reach the 100% threshold of a possible outbreak. Nationally, 33 municipalities measure a 50% or more chance of attacks on foreigners.

Earlier this month Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa presented a “multi-faceted plan” aimed at preventing an outbreak of xenophobic violence, vowing police were ready to deal with any violence against foreigners. On Friday he referred to reports on xenophobic violence as “rumours”, but Western Cape premier Helen Zille said xenophobic attacks were a reality and needed to be dealt with.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:15 pm

Heavy police presence amid xenophobic clashes
July 20 2010 at 08:32AM


By Gill Gifford

Xenophobic clashes broke out in Kya Sands late on Monday night and during the early hours of Tuesday morning as police have moved in and are maintaining a heavy, watchful presence.

"We don't have all the details yet, and I can only confirm that there definitely were some attacks.

"We're still sketchy on exactly how many and we're busy investigating the motives," said Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo, police spokesman for the province.

"This kind of thing starts up late at night and then quietens down. It seems everything is calm but tense in the area this morning."

Clashes broke out in the informal settlement at about 10.45pm on Monday, possibly sparked by a robbery deep inside the settlement in northern Johannesburg.

At least five people were wounded on Monday night - four of them foreigners and one a South African whose screams that he was not a foreigner were not heeded by the mob who attacked him and left him with a massive gash on the back of his head.

Eyewitness News reporter Alex Eliseev said running battles took place throughout the night until calm eventually prevailed from about 1am.

He said a heavy police presence, a patrolling nyala and an overhead helicopter did much to ensure that there were no more violent outbreaks.

Two injured men were pulled out of the area by paramedics after they sustained deep cuts to their heads. One of them described having been attacked with an axe.

A woman and her partner tried to outrun an angry mob of about 20 South Africans. She fell and was kicked as she lay on the ground before being wrapped in a blanket and carried to safety by her partner. She was taken to hospital for treatment.

The South African man who was injured told how an angry mob had asked him where he was from and then attacked him before he could respond. He was also taken to hospital with a deep head wound.

Mariemuthoo has maintained the consistent police line that the attacks were not necessarily motivated by xenophobia and that a criminal motive was also under investigation.

Local residents were said to be jealous of the success of informal businesses established by foreigners and were believed to be behind much of the looting that had taken place.


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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:23 pm

Verskeie beseer in xeno-aanvalle
2010-07-20 10:37



Johannesburg – Verskeie persone is beseer in wat blyk xenofobiese aanvalle op buitelanders te wees by Kya Sands in die noorde van Johannesburg, het dié stad se nooddienste Dinsdag gesê.

“Ons het Dinsdagoggend omstreeks 01:15 ‘n oproep ontvang dat daar xenofobiese aanvalle op buitelanders was,” het Synock Natobako, woordvoerder, gesê.

“Sowat vyf pasiënte is na die St. Helen Joseph-hospitaal geneem. Hulle beserings was nie te ernstig nie,” het Natobako gesê.

Brig. Govindsamy Mariemuthoo, polisiewoordvoerder in Gauteng, het bevestig dat vier mense in Kya Sands aangeval is.

Op die vraag of die beseerdes buitelanders was, het Mariemuthoo geantwoord; “Dit is beide Suid-Afrikaners en buitelanders.”

Die polisie ondersoek aanklagte van inbraak, roof en aanranding.

“Daar was geweld in Kya Sands, ons is besig om ondersoek in te stel,” het Mariemuthoo gesê.

Paramedici van ER24 en Netcare 911 is nie Maandagaand na Kya Sands ontbied vir enige noodgevalle nie.

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PosOnderwerp: Zimbabwe Preparing for an Influx of Nationals Returning From South Africa   Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:02 pm


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Tents have been erected in preparation for any flood of people returning from South Africa, Madzudzo Pawadyira, head of the government’s Civil Protection Unit in the border town of Beitbridge, said by phone from the town today.

“We have put up three very big tents, acquired 10,000 blankets and 1,000 buckets and put in place similar measures at Plumtree on the border between Zimbabwe and Botswana,” he said. “The International Organization for Migration has told us that the number of people crossing back into Zimbabwe has almost doubled in recent days, but this includes nationals from countries like Malawi and Zambia.”

At least five people were injured in Kya Sands in northern Johannesburg late yesterday when immigrants were assaulted by mobs, Talk Radio 702 reported on its website, the latest in a series of attacks. At least 3 million Zimbabweans, many of them illegal immigrants, live in South Africa, according to government estimates.

Attacks on foreigners led to the death of 62 people in 2008, some of whom were doused with gasoline and set alight. South African police have said they will not allow xenophobic attacks to resurface this year.

“The situation is tense in the informal settlements and squatter camps and many people, Zimbabweans, Malawians, Rwandans and even Somalis, are seeking temporary safety outside the country,” Jacob Kadzviti, a Zimbabwean waiter, said in a phone interview from Johannesburg today. “I have sent my wife and two children home until the tension has calmed down.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Durban at blatham@bloomberg.net.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:26 pm

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A contingency from the South African National Defence Force arrived at Kya Sands informal settlement, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday evening.

Eight armoured vehicles lined up next to the main road leading to Kya Sands, while soldiers were disembarking to be briefed before they proceeded to Extension 3.

Police officers at the scene told Sapa there were no incidents and the army was brought in to ensure there was calm in the area.

Soldiers and police will camp in Kya Sands to maintain calm, after violence believed to be related to xenophobia broke on Monday night.

Earlier, five people - four of whom were foreign nationals - were taken to hospital after they were attacked in their shacks between Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
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Twelve people were arrested, one of them for cable theft. - Sapa
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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:58 pm

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Several people were injured in apparent xenophobic attacks at Kya Sands in northern Johannesburg, the city's emergency services said on Tuesday.

"Early this morning [Tuesday], at about 1.15am, we received a call that there were xenophobic attacks on foreigners," said spokesperson Synock Natobako.

"About five patients were taken to Helen Joseph hospital."

He said their injuries were "not very serious".

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said he could confirm that four people were assaulted at Kya Sands.

Asked if those hurt were foreigners, he replied: "The complainants are a mixture of South Africans and foreign nationals."

Mariemuthoo said the police were investigating cases of house breaking, robbery and assault.

He declined to give any more details.

"There was violence in Kya Sands... we are busy investigating."

Earlier, SABC radio news reported that six people were "badly injured" on Monday night, apparently after a robbery sparked attacks on foreign nationals in the informal settlement.

A Talk Radio 702 journalist reported seeing two men escorted from the informal settlement with deep cuts to their heads while a woman said she was kicked in the chest.

Another man was bleeding from a wound to the head.

"I was just sitting at my home and a group of people just came and they asked me where I come from and before I could answer they started hitting me," the man told Talk Radio 702.

ER24 and Netcare paramedics said they were not called out to Kya Sands on Monday night.

The Zimbabwean government said on Monday it had been forced to set up temporary shelters for Zimbabweans leaving South Africa following threats of attacks on foreign nationals.

A wave of xenophobic mob attacks hit South Africa two years ago. More than 60 people were killed and thousands displaced.

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PosOnderwerp: Govt slack in tackling xenophobia: SAHRC   Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:47 pm


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Cape Town - A poor response from government departments on tackling xenophobic violence is "frustrating", the SA Human Rights Commission's chairperson Lawrence Mushwana told MPs on Wednesday.

Government departments had simply not responded to recommendations contained in a xenophobia report released by the SAHRC in March, Mushwana told Parliament's portfolio committee on justice.

"When the report was launched all various departments were there. They made an undertaking that in a month's time they were going respond. They were going to tell us what steps they were taking to implement some of the recommendations so that come another outbreak of xenophobia, we would be ready.

"But we had to write every time. It was only in my last attempt during June, that was when we started receiving the first response. This makes things difficult for us."

Apathetic response

Mushwana said the commission's task was to see whether the government had "put systems in place" to prevent an outbreak of xenophobic violence similar to 2008, but that the responses had been apathetic.

"We compile some of the reports. We make recommendations. We bring them here. We write. But no one answers."

Mushwana said he had asked one director general to provide feedback on the SAHRC's recommendations, but he was still waiting.

"When I briefed the security cluster last week, I raised the same issue. One minister complained that some of the recommendations don't relate to her department.

"I said your DG who attended the launch of the report raised the same issue. We called upon the person to write to us, but up to today nothing has come.

"It is frustrating on our part. We can only monitor. We check what government has done."

Determining the cause

Mushwana, who was in Parliament to present the SAHRC's xenophobia report to the committee, said the largest problem the government faced was in determining the causes of violence against foreigners.

"Until we know what is causing (this), we will not be able to solve it," he said.

During a recent meeting, high commissioners and ambassadors were "very critical" of the government for denying xenophobia.

"Their argument was that if it is pure crime, why is it targeting foreign nationals?" Mushwana said.

It was strange, he said, that vast areas in Limpopo were completely "Mozambican and Zimbabwean", but were completely peaceful.

"You don't find this in the rural areas. It is isolated. You don't find it in areas with traditional leaders either."

Driving force

National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele, who had sent individuals "at a low level" to try find out what was causing the violence, told Mushwana it had been found that "unfair competition" among businesses was one of the major factors.

Mushwana however, was not convinced by this.

"There are areas where you will say this is crime, but the ultimate question is, why is it targeted to foreign nationals?

"Is it crime? Is it xenophobia? What is the thinking behind it? They are here to take our jobs? Is it socio-economic?"

Mushwana said there was "a strong feeling" that somewhere there was "a hand driving these forces".

"When the soccer tournament ended, the question in the media was when is it starting? And it started. There is a programme somewhere that needs crime intelligence."

He said the SAHRC was glad however, by the action taken by police and military to quell the violence, which had convinced people the government was serious about the issue.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: THE XENOFOBIA AND UHURU MONSTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA -NIGHTMARES AT OUR DOORSTEP.   Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:52 pm

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Good enough to build and clean the "madam's" multimillion rand home, but too poor to live outside the walls of a luxury Pretoria security estate, a Malawian family watched as Tshwane Metro Police torched their shack along with dozens of others.

The mom begged not to be identified for fear of being fired and losing the measly R50-a-week salary she is paid to clean her employer's multimillion Woodhill Estate home.

The woman - a mother of three children, including a seven-month-old infant - described how she and her young family were getting ready to sleep on the streets.
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"It is freezing. I don't know what to do. I am scared my children will die," she said.

Their crime: They, along with 400 other people, are an eyesore and destroy the property value of the residents living in five luxury housing estates around their little community of migrant workers and illegal immigrants, known as "Cemetery Estate".

The "estate" is on council land between the Pretoria East Cemetery and Woodlands Boulevard shopping centre.

Close by, are the multimillion rand Woodhill, Mooikloof, MeadowGlen, MeadowRidge and Hillside security estates.

Accused of being illegal immigrants and of being behind the area's apparently skyrocketing crime rate, many "Cemetery Estate" residents worked as cleaners in the luxury homes on the posh estates.

That was until Wednesday when metro police, on the orders of lawyers representing those living in the estates, burnt down their shacks and ordered them to leave the Pretoria East area.

Using a court order from 2008 to control the occupation of council land along Garstfontein Road, the estates' lawyers on Wednesday demanded that police destroy the 50 or so shacks in "Cemetery Estate".

Within less than 24 hours of an "eviction notice" being served on "Cemetery Estate" residents, heavily armed metro police, guarded by the Garsfontein SAPS, oversaw the shacks' destruction - torn down with spades and crowbars.

Plastic sheeting, cardboard partitions and wooden planks were dragged into piles and torched.

While city and law enforcement authorities have accused those living in "Cemetery Estate" of being illegal immigrants and criminals, no one was arrested or held for deportation.

A "slip-up" saw metro police failing to notify Home Affairs officers about illegal immigrants living in the area, or alerting the council's housing and social services departments about the need for alternative accommodation.

Asked why no one was arrested, police said they didn't have time to check fingerprints.

The Malawian mother, a qualified teacher whose husband was paid R600 a month to build her 'madam's' multimillion rand house, said: "We can work inside the estates, but can't live next door.

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4 Hours ago Anonymous wrote :
@ GF.A

R50 sounds like a typical day's pay for domestic work to me. It's peanuts, but not uncommon. Few domestics can count on five days work a week.
4 Hours ago IT Genius wrote :
For those who deny that some people are getting paid R50 a week, talk to the immigrant workers. My first job in RSA as an IT Technician only paid me R1800 a month! And I'm legally an SA citizen born in Zimbabwe. Compare that to the R22600 I get a month now from a different employer!
I feel for them. The government provides for the rich and shuns the poor. Where are the ministers when all this is happening?
5 Hours ago Jabu wrote :
I know this estate very well..............three quarters of the residents are blacks with their expensive German cars and luxury clothes and the fat backsides; mostly ANC connected who get all the money for no work. Shame on you to treat your African brothers like this. Its nothing but Xenophobia
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