Seven arrested after looting Somali-owned shops in PE

somali_shopSeven men have been arrested for looting and burning Somali-owned shops in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

“We can confirm that seven suspects have since been arrested and charged with public violence. All the suspects are in … Read the rest

East Rand: Thousands loot, torch as shooting sparks xenophobia

protest3Thousands of East Rand residents shut down their schools and ordered children to loot and torch stores belonging to foreigners.

Four teenagers were critically injured in shootouts with foreign shop owners on Thursday and a fifth youth was severely assaulted.… Read the rest

Xenophobes in Limpopo ‘have criminal motive’

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in Tshisaulu outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo, where residents have been protesting for the past two days, says some protesters “have criminal motives”.

Foreign nationals started removing stocks from their shops on Monday night … Read the rest

Joe Slovo and the roots of Afrikaner genocide

More and more, the term “genocide” is entering our everyday vocabulary. Many people, including columnists, have already explained that it is not the absolute number of people killed that defines a genocide, but the motives and … Read the rest

Attacks on foreign Africans ‘a threat to democracy’: South African minister

The inhumane and degrading treatment of African foreign nationals is a threat to democracy and freedom in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said on Thursday.

“Our brothers and sisters on the African continent played an important role in … Read the rest

South African minister ‘appalled’ by violence against Somalis

Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on international developments, 07 June 2013, OR Tambo Building

Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media.

In our briefing today, we will focus on a number of … Read the rest

South Africans ‘desensitised to crime and xenophobic attacks’

South Africans are becoming desensitised to crime and xenophobic attacks, the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria said on Thursday.

“We fear that xenophobic attacks are becoming regular phenomena, and the South African population is becoming increasingly … Read the rest

Deconstructing David Smith on Oscar Pistorius

The British Guardian is a notoriously anti-South African and more particularly anti-Afrikaans newspaper. As a purveyor of quasi-leftwing propaganda it is probably only rivalled by the former Soviet rag Pravda (‘The Truth’) which nowadays no longer enthuses about the class … Read the rest