In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 March. However, if incidents of xenophobic violence in the country are anything to go by, the country still has a long way to go where civil liberties are concerned.
In May 2008, a spate of xenophobic attacks took place throughout the country, leaving 62 people dead, hundreds injured and thousands displaced. Authorities promised to ensure that such incidents would never again take place, but sadly little has changed since then. Read more
[Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26558964 by Anne-Marie Tomchak.]
Nigeria has protested to South Africa about a “merciless attack” by police on one of its nationals in Cape Town, its foreign ministry has said.
An amateur video on social media sites purportedly shows the man being stripped, assaulted and handcuffed by policemen and security guards. Read more
A video showing a Nigerian man being brutally attacked by uniformed police in South Africa has sparked public outrage.
The footage, which was posted to social media, led to the suspension and arrest of two police officers and prompted a heated discussion about South Africa’s attitudes towards immigrants. Read more
Africa– Tension remains sky-high in Pretoria’s Refiloe township in South Africa on Thursday following an outbreak of xenophobic violence which has seen Somali and Pakistani shop owners fleeing the area. It was reported that heavily-armed police moved into the area east of the capital city to escort the foreigners following a violent protest. Read more
[Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/african-refugees-in-south/988484.html by Hayley Slier.]
In South Africa, xenophobia is a growing problem, and it is manifesting itself against Africans who are seeking refuge in the country. Read more
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
3.7% y/y in October 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in September 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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