S.AFRICAN ARMY DEPLOYED FOR XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS
SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY DEPLOYED TO STOP XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS
WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL 2015
Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says soldiers will be deployed in ‘volatile areas’ where attacks on immigrants have killed seven people.
Following the anti-immigrant attacks that began almost three weeks ago in parts of Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the assault outbreaks have only heightened with press images exploding all over the news of multiple foreigners being attacked, which included Mozambique male, Emmanuel Sithole.
CNN reported, on Saturday April 18th Emmanuel was walking through the streets of Johannesburg’s Alexandra Township where he was soon surrounded by four men who beat him with a wrench to disable any of his defences and shortly after stabbed him to death in broad daylight.
Local South African photo journalist James Oatway captured the entire attack on his camera.
The government was put under further pressure when the images of Emmanuel’s attack were released. Emmanuel was one of seven people who have been killed and 5,000 left homeless since the start of the attacks three weeks ago.
"We come in as the last resort. The army will serve as a deterrent,” Defence Minister Ms Mapisa-Nqakula told journalists.
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