Cars, Immigrants Set On Fire By Mobs In South Africa (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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There have been shocking reports of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa where anti-foreigner mobs have looted stores, set cars on fire and burned people alive.

High unemployment rates, hate speech by members of the Zulu tribe and envy of foreign-owned shops are believed to have spurred the anti-immigrant sentiment.

A video (below) posted by shows cars that were set on fire by anti-immigrant protesters in Jeppestown, a suburb of Johannesburg, on April 17.

The Los Angeles Times notes that two Ethiopian brothers were recently locked in a shipping container by a mob, who set the container on fire inside the brothers' shop in Umlazi. One of the brothers died.

Another Ethiopian man, Fayis Abeyo, was recently set on fire by an anti-foreigner mob in Greenfields.

Abeyo's relative Tashum Ledebo told SABC News, "My brother was standing here and the shop was closed when they came with (gasoline). They threw it on him before setting him alight with a matches and he went on fire. Whether my brother is alright or not, I do not know, but he's not in a good condition."

Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi and Somalia are consider pulling their citizens out of South Africa.

The worst violence has been near Durban, the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, which has a heavy Zulu presence.

South African President Jacob Zuma has condemned the anti-immigrant attacks, but also promised to stop illegal immigration, arrest non-citizens involved in criminal activity and close down stores that are not licensed.

Sources: SABC News, Los Angeles Times
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