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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent Crime

SAM boxes[Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2015-01/26/c_133948068.htm by Martin Williams.]

While South African authorities on Monday intensified hunting for instigators of a looting spree that trashed more than 120 foreign-owned shops in the Johannesburg area, there have been calls on the government to acknowledge the xenophobic intent of perpetrators. Read more

SAM Xeno DM[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2015-01-26-african-diaspora-forum-open-letter-to-president-zuma-attacks-are-xenophobic-not-criminal/#.VMXDZpUcTIV.  Photo: Foreign businessmen flee Soweto following widespread unrest and looting in the area, Friday, 23 January 2015. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.]

The African Diaspora Forum is concerned by what it regards as a lack of an effective response by the South African government to the issue of xenophobia. In an open letter to President Zuma, Minister of Home Afrairs, Malusi Gigaba and Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko this weekend, the organisation has pleaded for more accountability and for government to recognise attacks on foreign nationals as xenophobia and not to dismiss these as merely criminal. Read more

SAM Loot[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2015-01-22-two-dead-foreign-owned-shop-burnt-in-soweto from SAPA.]

One person was shot dead and a foreign-owned shop was burnt down in Soweto on Wednesday night, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

This brings the death toll to two from violence that broke out in Snake Park, Dobsonville on Monday involving locals and foreigners. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4% y/y in July 2019 (CPI) & +4.9 y/y in July 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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