[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
[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
[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
[Source: http://www.theafricareport.com/Southern-Africa/south-africas-rising-xenophobia-is-afrophobia.html by Crystal Oderson.]
Xenophobia has again reared its ugly head in South Africa’s economic capital, Johannesburg with foreign nationals reporting looting of their shops and being forced to leave their shops under heavy police guard. Read more
Farmers’ unions say the number of murders each year is rising and attacks are at their highest level since 1990.
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.0% y/y in December 2019 (CPI) & +3.4 y/y in December 2019 (PPI)
-0.6% q/q (3rd quarter of 2019)
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