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KZN xenophobic attacks leave 2000 displaced, Satawu Gauteng, Prez back in Parly

KZN xenophobic violence leaves 2000 stranded

Pic: one of the temporary refugee camps at a local Chatsworth soccer stadium has been set up by the eThekwini Municipality and is being protected by the police. Credit: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

EWN's Vumani Mkhize on this story: KwaMashu residents have described chaotic scenes as several shops were looted overnight during attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal. Foreign shop owners fled with nothing but the clothes on their backs as angry youths torched their shops. Almost 2,000 foreign nationals from Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Burundi have been displaced as a result of the violence. Some KwaMashu residents say they’re shocked and dismayed at what they say is the senseless violence against foreign nationals in their township. Five people have been killed as the attacks continue for a second week. Areas affected last night include Umlazi, KwaMashu, Pinetown and a Dalton hostel. Four refugee camps have been set up by the provincial government to house the displaced foreigners who say they are destitute, with some saying they want to go home.

Fatal shooting of Gauteng Satawu Secretary

Police on the scene after Satawu's Gauteng secretary Chris Nkosi was shot and killed on 13 April 2015. Picture: ‏@MedixGauteng via Twitter.

EWN's Govan Whittles on this story: the Gauteng secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has been killed in what appears to be a drive-by shooting in Germiston. Chris Nkosi apparently stopped at a traffic light after meeting with his union colleagues at Satawu’s offices in the Johannesburg CBD. When police arrived on the scene they found his car riddled with bullet holes on the driver’s side. The police’s Lungelo Dlamini says they're still investigating the motive for the crime, and they don’t have the registration number of the getaway vehicle: “At this stage we’re still investigating the motive for the crime. Five shots were fired and a BMW drove away and at this stage we don’t know what the registration number of that BMW was. We’re appealing to anyone who might have information to come forward.”

Zuma QnA expected this week in Parly

EWN's Rahima Essop on this story: President Jacob Zuma will answer questions in the National Assembly when Members of Parliament (MPs) return for the legislature's second quarter this week. Opposition MPs demanded an extra session to deal with outstanding questions when the president appeared in the house last month. The extra session on Thursday will deal with the questions Zuma was forced to abandon after his question and answer session in August last year descended into chaos. Earlier this year, the presidency released written answers to the questions, but opposition MPs insisted this was not good enough because it meant there would be no follow up questions. As MPs return from recess this week, Parliamentary committees will receive presentations from various departments on their annual performance plans and budgets. This will feed into the annual round of budget vote debates in the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.


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