See also:
» 28.10.2010 - SA admits need to fight corruption
» 13.07.2010 - Zimbabweans flee SA "xenophobia rumour"
» 10.06.2010 - Corruption case still haunting Zuma
» 22.04.2010 - South Africa "millionaire cops" hailed
» 13.04.2010 - SA media challenges ban in Terreblanche's case
» 09.04.2010 - Catholic sex abuse "in Africa too"
» 09.04.2010 - Is it too late to avert SA's war...?
» 06.04.2010 - Kill the Boer or Boer Republic?

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

South Africa
Society | Economy - Development | Human rights | Politics

Xenophobic violence threatens Cape Town tourism

afrol News, 23 May - Chaos and terror reigned in the streets of Cape Town last night, with hundreds of panicking foreigners scuttling about for safety, as the xenophobic attacks that have engulfed some of the main South African cities extend to the Mother city.

A number of businesses owned mainly by Somalis were attacked and looted while their owners were forced to flee for their lives. Some of the shops were actually set alight and the storekeepers were reduced to mere spectators as they witnessed their hard earned properties burn to the ground.

Mobs of rioters armed with pangas, knives, batons and homemade weapons were seen causing havoc in the streets, chasing the terrified immigrants away. Cases of the ceaseless violence were reported in the settlements of Due Noon in Milnerton, Ocean View, Joe Slovo in Langa and later on Witlokasie in Knysna.

The presence of armed police officers in their armoured vehicles appeared to do little to deter the aggressions from spilling way out of control. Some of fleeing Somalis, including other nationals from other African countries were seen jumping into police vans to escape, as the terror mounted.

Police stations, churches and community halls in the violence stricken areas are now crammed with terrified immigrants who cannot wait to evacuate the country should matters aggravate.

Premier Ebrahim Rasool of the South African province Western Cape has warned that the province would not stand any xenophobic attacks. He noted that he would ensure that police stop all criminal acts in their tracks and to normalise the situation again in Cape Town.

Mr Rasool said this opening a two-day workshop in Cape Town yesterday, to mark Africa Day. He explained that the police and the intelligence agencies had already briefed the Western Cape cabinet on their preparedness to squash the violence, before spreading to other parts of the province.

ANC Western Cape secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha said he was in Knysna yesterday to prevent the anti-foreigner violence. "But the intervention, in the form of an emergency community meeting, came too late to stop the burning and looting of five Somali-owned shops by a mob of xenophobic thugs," Mr Skwatsha said, after the meeting held to address the matter.

The attacks are without doubt going to impact negatively on the booming tourism industry in Cape Town, which is the main hub of the trade in South Africa. Especially African tourists – making up more than half of arrivals to South Africa – have already started cancelling trips to the city. The violence is said to be a result of South Africans who do not want foreigners in their land anymore; an outlook especially hurting the tourism industry.

One can only guess the effect they are going to have on the entire country's weakening economy, with the price of petrol, food and other commodities currently at its peak. With the foreigners' businesses closed down, some actually burnt to ashes and a solution to the situation not likely to be attained anytime soon, the future truly looks drab for the entire country's economy, analsysts note.

The xenophobic violence has to date claimed over 40 lives since it started more than a week ago in the rich city of Johannesburg. Police report that more than 500 people have been arrested in connection with the spiralling attacks.

- Create an e-mail alert for South Africa news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news
- Create an e-mail alert for Economy - Development news
- Create an e-mail alert for Human rights news
- Create an e-mail alert for Politics news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at