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Focus on Afrophobic attacks in Durban with situation currently stable but tense

Human rights lawyer links Afrophobic attacks to Zulu King's comments

With the situation around the Durban Metro area reported to be 'quiet but tense' amidst a strong police presence, a human rights lawyer has made the link to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's recent defamatory comments levelled against African foreign nationals, and the violence seen. Lawyers for Human Rights' Nomagugu Mlawe spoke to 702's John Robbie:

It's the sort of violence that when it erupted, it sort of caught many people off guard. The City was not ready, the City was not aware - it's something that just sporadically just blew up in Durban. At this point in time, it would appear that a causal link can definitely be drawn between the King's comments and the current boiling over of the xenophobic attacks. It would appear that days or even the day after the King made these comments, there was suddenly this eruption of violence and there was suddenly this call to attack African foreign nationals.

[VIDEO] "If they don't want peace, everybody is ready to die!"

We came from different places - from Nigeria, we are Congolese, Uganda, Malawians - and we've still got people who fight. How happy would you guys be if they were killing South Africans in Nigeria, of which we have South Africans who are working for MTN, DStv, you know. Now, we want peace! If they don't want peace, everybody is ready to die!

Watch the full video report by EWN's Vumani Mkhize here

14-year-old boy killed in xenophobic attack crossfire

EWN's Alex Eliseev and Vumani Mkhize on this story: it has emerged that two security guards have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old boy in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The boy was shot dead during what appears to have been a confrontation between the guards and a group that were looting a foreign-owned store in the area. Six people, including the boy, were killed in a wave of attacks on foreign nationals in several parts of KZN including KwaMashu and Umlazi over the past two weeks. The latest flare-up of xenophobic violence in the province saw violent clashes in the city’s CBD on Tuesday afternoon.

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