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South African Looters Target Foreign-Owned Shops Again

Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 06:32 AM

South African police on Tuesday increased patrols in Durban after deadly attacks on immigrant-owned shops there started last week and continued overnight.

Two people were arrested during the unrest Monday night and another 28 were detained in the coastal city on Sunday, police Col. Jay Naicker said Tuesday. He added that police will be "doubling up our resources" to curb the looting

Several people have died in the looting and arson in some Durban neighborhoods, South African media reported. The violence followed reported comments by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, an influential figure among the Zulu ethnic group, that foreigners should "pack their bags" and leave. The king has since appealed for an end to the unrest.

Thousands of people have been involved in the attacks on shops owned by immigrants, many of whom come from other African countries, according to reports. Some South Africans have accused the immigrants of taking jobs and opportunities away from them.

President Jacob Zuma condemned the violence and assigned several Cabinet ministers to work with officials in KwaZulu-Natal province, which includes Durban, to stop the unrest.

The government is addressing South African citizens' "complaints about illegal and undocumented migrants, the takeover of local shops and other businesses by foreign nationals as well as perceptions that foreign nationals perpetrate crime," Zuma's office said in a statement.

It quoted the president as saying that many foreign nationals are living legally in South Africa and are contributing to economic development.

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South African police on Tuesday increased patrols in Durban after deadly attacks on immigrant-owned shops there started last week and continued overnight.
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