Xenophobic attacks in South Africa spread to downtown Johannesburg

An armed South African police officer stands guard as foreign nationals close their shops in Primrose, about 15km east of Johannesburg, on April 16, 2015, after anti-immigrant violence in Durban left six people dead and spread to Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO | MUJAHID SAFODIEN

What you need to know:

  • The scene remained tense Friday morning, with hostel-dwellers telling reporters they wanted immigrants to know they were not welcome in the country.
  • Locals and African immigrants in South African often compete for scarce jobs, making them a target for violence and intimidation.



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