Mock eviction notices issued to foreigners in South Africa

June 5, 2011 08:36


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Fears of renewed xenophobic violence in South Africa have risen in the last few weeks as false eviction notices were issued to foreigners living in townships outside of Johannesburg, sites of violence in 2008, the Guardian reported Sunday.

Just last week, some 50 Somali-owned shops were burned and looted. Pakistani and Somali shop-owners have closed their businesses in some areas after receiving recommendations from the police.

Protesters marched through Johannesburg last week to protest the violence on foreigners, many of whom are from other African nations such as Somalia or Zimbabwe, the Guardian reported. Many flee to South Africa seeking better employment opportunities and living conditions.

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