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South Africa Deploys Army to End Anti-Immigrant Attacks

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Foreigners queue for a meal at a camp for those affected by anti-immigrant violence in Chatsworth south of Durban, April 22, 2015. (Rogan Ward/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 07:48 AM

South Africa deployed the army around poor townships in Johannesburg on Tuesday in an effort to end a surge of anti-immigrant attacks that has killed seven people.

South Africa's weak economy has caused poor South Africans, particularly frustrated young men, to lash out at African immigrants, according to The New York Times. Troops also had been employed in townships in 2008 to protect foreigners.

The latest round of violence comes on the heels of anti-immigrant comments made by Goodwill Zwelithini, the king of the Zulus, South Africa's largest ethnic group, and also by President Jacob Zuma's oldest son, Edward Zuma.

"We ask foreign nationals to pack their belongings and go back to their countries," Zwelithini said last month.

On Monday, though, Zwelithini called for peace, claiming that his earlier comments had been misinterpreted, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"We must know that African people are our brothers and sisters," Zwelithini told a rally in Durban.

Troops were sent to its KwaZulu-Natal province and the economic heartland of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg along with Alexandra, a poor township north of Johannesburg, reported the BBC News.

Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole was killed in Alexandra during the weekend and a Zimbabwean couple was shot and wounded there on Monday night, the minister told Reuters.

The BBC News reported that some 900 foreigners have left South Africa and returned to their home countries since violence broke out. Some in Malawi protested the anti-foreigner violence in South African at their capital Lilongwe on Tuesday.

A poster from one of the Malawi protesters read, "South Africa, why kill your fellow blacks?''

The New York Times said President Zuma spoke out about the violence when the anti-foreigner violence spread to Johannesburg, forcing him to cancel a trip to Indonesia. The newspaper said, though, the president has not responded to comments made by his son and Zwelithini, fueling criticism of his handling of the crisis.

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South Africa deployed the army around poor townships in Johannesburg on Tuesday in an effort to end a surge of anti-immigrant attacks that has killed seven people.
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