South African xenophobic attacks on immigrants . | Africatime
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South African xenophobic attacks on immigrants .

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:02 -- Henri Ahyite

South African police on Thursday vowed to quell a wave of anti-immigrant violence after attacks spread to Johannesburg overnight and fears grew that the country's economic troubles could spark widespread unrest.

At least six people have been killed in the last two weeks in attacks in the Indian Ocean city of Durban targeting shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants.

Earlier this year, xenophobic violence also erupted in Soweto, near Johannesburg, as frustration deepens over lack of opportunities for many young blacks born since the end of apartheid in 1994.

South Africa's economic growth was just 1.5 percent last year and unemployment is at around 25 percent -- soaring to over 50 percent among the young.