Foreigners attacked in Doornkuil

2012-02-01 12:46

Johannesburg - Eight foreign nationals were injured in an assault, five of them critically, in Doornkuil on Wednesday, Johannesburg emergency management services said.

"They were sleeping when about five young guys carrying knobkerries and clubs came into their shack and attacked and robbed them. They were badly, badly beaten," spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

The attack on the men from Zimbabwe and Malawi, happened around 02:00. They were taken by ambulance to Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital.

It was suspected that the attack could have been xenophobia-related as the men were working for a construction company in the area, said Mulaudzi.

"We are not sure whether it is a xenophobic-related or a criminal activity. Police were notified and are investigating."

In May 2008, 62 people were killed and around 150 000 displaced in an outbreak of xenophobic protests. The assailants were violently protesting against the presence of foreigners in South Africa, claiming they took away their jobs, among other things.

Police were not immediately able to confirm the attack.

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  • Grimmister - 2012-02-01 12:52

    Emergency Management confirms the attack...but Police cannot confirm the attack...

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 12:56

      Exactly LOL

      Bardy - 2012-02-01 13:03

      I blame the government for this! It’s them that are allowing all these foreigners into the country! What did they think will happen???

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-01 13:08

      @Bardy - you are balming the wrong people. The governement allowed the people in, so they are legally in the country. They looked for a job and found it, maybe the locals did not want to do that job, now instead of getting jobs they attack the foreigners who are working. If we are not happy with the gvernment policies, lets elect another party that will implement different policies - attack the governement not the people!

      ubhejane - 2012-02-01 13:13

      @Nosiphom. I can't understand what Bardy said that was wrong? Why is he blaming the wrong people? You are blaming the very same government??????

      Bardy - 2012-02-01 13:16

      @ Nosiphom - You are contradicting your own statement lady... O_o??

  • ubhejane - 2012-02-01 13:04

    I feel for these foreigners. But all of this could have been prevented if the Government didn't open our borders and made us the dumping yard of the globe. What did they expect? Local people just sitting back seeing all the spaza shops being taken over and the little bit of entrepreneurship we had in townships being killed? Jobs being taken away from locals? This will not end well in the current economic climate. The government can't create jobs because foreign investment opportunities were washed down the drain with confusing messages being sent by politicians. Until our borders are SHUT, this policy of allowing the whole world to settle in South Africa is a recipe for HUGE disaster.

      PointBlank - 2012-02-01 14:34

      To a certain extent I agree ubhejane (shock horror!) but let's be honest. these foreigners are not "taking over spazas", they are creating them.. the problem lies in how they get to sell their goods much cheaper then the locals - whoever supplies the locals are milking them..

  • mabandla.magoqwana - 2012-02-01 13:07

    in South Africa if you are black in colour you are a foreigner . what is wrong with our people minds ?

      ubhejane - 2012-02-01 13:17

      Being black has nothing to do with issue. The whole world seems to think we can accommodate them. 64 Million Chinese relocated last year. How many are in South Africa and in Africa? South Africa is our country and our priority is to create jobs for ourselves, not the whole continent or the whole world.

      The-Azanian - 2012-02-01 13:35

      Whats wrong with you?

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 13:42

      Are you an absolutely starck raving mad lunatic??? How on earth did you get to this conclusion TWAT!

      Morné - 2012-02-01 13:50

      From all the dislikes I think Mabandla's comment has been misinterpreted. I interpret it as saying the very dark skinned people of African origin are labeled foreigners, which I myself have seen happen. It is often true (but not always), as for example Nigerians are generally darker skinned than Xhosa's. Unfortunately racial categorization with the intent to discriminate is racist, whether you call it xenophobic or by any other name.

      Michael - 2012-02-01 14:19

      It is true, any foreigner with a darker skin (african descent) is a target of Xenophobia. In how many instances have you seen illegal immigrants from Asia and Europe being attacked? It's a "colonial master" - "african servant" mentality.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-01 13:24

    south africans are unbelievable. during days of darkness they were welcoming us to their countries, now that things are starting to look positive we dont want to return the favour. and why harrassing a hardworking person building your country when you cant

      africanwolf - 2012-02-01 14:09

      The problem are not the foreigners that are working the problem are the ones who sleep in the bushes and rob peoples houses , while the people are @ work the government must control illegal immigration a more efficient border controll must be in place

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-01 14:14

      anc votes that all it is. strength in numbers, no death by the numbers lol

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-01 14:16


      DraganTrenk - 2012-02-01 17:58

      HATE and JEALOUSY towards anybody better,more successful,different(white or more black or albino) is entrenched in the fellow black South Africans. It is so wide spread-ed that only conniving politicians deny that shameful form of primitiveness.

  • Asanda - 2012-02-01 14:05

    From my side, I just want clearance from one person who was in exile in one of the african countries. I have questions for them, what did they do there, open spaza shops,working or meet in groups to find solutions to solve the problems back in SA at that time?

      ubhejane - 2012-02-01 14:23

      Brilliant comment Asanda

      Michael - 2012-02-01 14:28

      @Asanda exiles did a whole lot of things including those that you have mentioned. I have witnessed shops and spazas that were owned by locals and handed to foreigners to run because locals couldn't manage - visit most villages and you will understand what I mean. I have also witnessed "lazy-gatte" that just sit around and say they are waiting for government or someone to come and give them jobs but with all resources at their disposal to start own businesses, however, small. Start with a small capital and grow the business. Most successful giant multinational companies started from a garage.

      PointBlank - 2012-02-01 14:31

      At least those African countries welcome our exiled persons..

      aabushny - 2012-02-10 17:13

      Jacob Zuma was one of those in exiles,and he never complained about being harassed or attacked, in fact some of them owned businesses in Tanzania and other places till now....

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-01 14:11

    "We are not sure whether it is a xenophobic-related or a criminal activity." It's criminal activity, being xenophobic does not justify it!

  • braamc - 2012-02-01 14:45

    Racist black people in this country, to say the least

  • Craig - 2012-02-01 15:22

    "The assailants" don't you mean murderers?

  • Matshidiso - 2012-02-01 15:24

    I bet if it were white forieghners the comments will be something like" hang them, babaric criminals, uncivilsed lot". Now that they are black xenophobia is justified? Realy people, the incident is wrong end of the story.

      Bardy - 2012-02-01 15:32

      So why the racist comment on your part then? Is it not also wrong???!!!

  • abongilevalent.jaza - 2012-02-01 16:18

    Damn! its bad 2 live in dis counry... if ur a foreigner & de said part, it happens 2 our fellow black brothers & sister!!!!!

      Jan - 2012-02-01 17:12

      Go and live where it is not bad. SA is one of the best countries to live in... I wouldnt relocate for anything.... If you havent travelled you will talk like this...

      Michael - 2012-02-02 02:11

      I beg to differ Jan. That is a ridiculous generalization. I for one have traveled. Trust me, I am kicking and screaming to never return to that godforsaken place ever again. I would feel physically ill every time I would see or hear anyone of our stupid, uneducated, ignorant and racist politicians. I am a proud man, and I will not be represented by a bunch of illiterate thugs. I have no idea how you can say that SA is one one of the best countries to live??? It has the potential to be the best, but as long as we have a cancer leading, it will only get worse, and worse, until it is another Somalia

      Michael - 2012-02-02 10:04

      In fact, if you have never traveled, this is how you would speak Jan. There are places just as beautiful, with people just as friendly, and weather just as splendid.

  • Mathibela - 2012-02-01 20:37

    I definitely sympathize with Zimbabweans s they helped us so much when they got independence from the murderers gov of Ian smith. As for Malawians they are traitors whom their leader Kamuzu Banda allowed PW to infiltrate Tanzania and Zambia through their borders. If ever there is a country that deserve all the accolades for these freedom is Tanzania then followed by Zambia. Mozambique, Lesotho, Angola, Botswana,Swaziland and Zimbabwe they tried their best. viva Maqabane. Khawula khawula nge se be khawula Bo....

      Michael - 2012-02-02 02:04

      So who has murdered more now, Ian Smith or Mugabe? And if you ask the man on the street who they would prefer, what would they say? Zim used to be the bread basket of Africa, with the best education system in Africa. What it now? I cannot believe how you could glorify such utter destruction. I have come to the conclusion that the African way, is destroy. Destruction is good. If you can break down everything that is good. If something was once productive, and now it is useless, it is fantastic. As long as an African can take the credit for it's destruction then it is good. I will never, ever understand how you think...

  • The.OT.Oracle - 2012-02-03 10:30

    To call it "xenophobia" is to suggest that the people who are committing violent crime against African nationals "hate all foreigners"... the fact of the matter is what is going on here is targetted Afrophobia... You never read of reports of attacks on immigrants that are not African. This is a symptom of a cancerous problem that threatens to ruin the very fabric of South African society. Black South Africans seem to think that their biggest threats are fellow Black Africans... They must open their eyes to the reality... the crux of the issue is the history of the country has not been redressed... But, the point of weakest resistance is always the easiest to attack. So these poor Africans get hacked and beaten in their shacks... Meanwhile in Houghton...

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