Several injured in Joburg xeno attacks

2010-07-20 08:30

Several people have been injured in apparent xenophobic attacks at

Kya Sands in northern Johannesburg, the city’s emergency services have

said.

“Early this morning, at about 1.15am, we received a call that there

were xenophobic attacks on foreigners,” said spokesperson Synock Natobako

today.

“About five people were taken to Helen Joseph Hospital.”

He said their injuries were “not very serious”.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said

confirmed that four people had been assaulted at Kya Sands.

Asked if those hurt were foreigners, he replied: “The complainants

are a mixture of South Africans and foreign nationals.”

Mariemuthoo said the police were investigating cases of house

breaking, robbery and assault.

He declined to give any more details.

“There was violence in Kya Sands ... we are busy

investigating.”

Earlier, SABC radio news reported that six people were “badly

injured” last night, apparently after a robbery sparked attacks on foreign

nationals in the informal settlement.

A Talk Radio 702 journalist reported seeing two men escorted from

the informal settlement with deep cuts to their heads while a woman said she was

kicked in the chest.

Another man was bleeding from a wound to the head.

“I was at home and a group of people just came and they asked me

where I came from and before I could answer they started hitting me,” the man

told Talk Radio 702.

The Zimbabwean government yesterday said it had been forced to set

up temporary shelters for Zimbabweans leaving South Africa following threats of

attacks on foreign nationals.

A wave of xenophobic mob attacks hit South Africa two years ago.

More than 60 people were killed and thousands displaced.


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