Five more killed in further anti-foreigner violence in South Africa
Another five persons were killed early Sunday as a wave of violence aimed at foreigners continued in South Africa, press reports said.
The South African news agency Sapa said xenophobic attacks which had spread to the Johannesburg suburb of Cleveland claimed five lives, with 50 people injured. The violence began about 1 am.
The report, citing police spokeswoman Cheryl Engelbrecht, said Zimbabweans were the chief target of the attack at an informal settlement in Cleveland, the dpa reported.
"Two people were burnt and three people were beaten to death," she said. "Fifty others were taken to various hospitals for gunshot and stab wounds."
She added that some 300 people were seeking safety at the Cleveland police station "and more are coming in."
Police said several shops were vandalized and goods were stolen, with Engelbrecht saying "the situation is very tense at the moment and the police are monitoring the area."
The early Sunday violence followed Saturday's events, with attacks against foreigners reportedly spreading from Alexandra to Diepsloot, Thokoza and Tembisa.
In Tembisa, a man was shot and killed and two others wounded, in what police described as a "ramapage" by locals against foreigners.
In Thokoza, seven people were arrested for public violence, Sapa reported, citing local police. A number of people had been injured in Thokoza, while a number of shacks were burned down and at least 50 foreigners sought shelter at the Thokoza police station.
The ruling African National Congress, opposition parties and the main trade union federation have all condemned the xenophobic slide in poor communities, which has claimed the lives of several foreigners in recent years.
South Africa's townships are bursting at the seams with migrants from rural areas and from poorer, neighbouring countries, who flock to the continent's powerhouse in search of work.