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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick.]

The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal has been forced to intervene as tensions rise between local business groups and migrant businessmen in townships near Durban. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu called an urgent meeting on Tuesday with all stakeholders at a police station in KwaMashu hoping to avoid the situation escalating into violence.

The latest round of tensions in the townships surrounding Durban comes after a local business association called North Region Business Association (NORBA) issued migrant businessmen with a letter instructing them to close their shops and vacate the townships by Thursday, 17 May. The townships mainly affected by this letter include Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma.

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