Spreading violence

2008-05-20 00:00

It is clear that communal violence around a highly emotive issue can spread like a veld fire. This is what this country is seeing at present in the alarming and distressing spread of violence against foreign immigrants in the highly populated province of Gauteng.

The country is facing a traumatic symptom of an accumulation of socio-economic and political crises at home and in neighbouring Zimbabwe from which millions of desperate citizens are fleeing as refugees. Mzilikazi's flight with his followers from Shaka in the early 19th century to the area around Bulawayo has now become a massive exodus in reverse from the rule of Robert Mugabe.

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