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Anti-Foreigner Violence In Johannesburg Leaves 6 Dead

By Can Tran     May 18, 2008 in World
At this moment, it is not good to be a foreigner in South Africa. Recently, six people have been killed by a mob in South Africa in violence towards foreigners.
At least six people were killed by a large mob of people in Johannesburg, South Africa. Two of them were burned, three were beaten to death, and one was shot to death. So far, the death count is at 6. The number of wounded is at least 50. The number of dead and wounded is the result of violence towards foreigners.
So far, it has only taken place throughout the lower-income to poor suburbs of the city. According to police, the violence sparked from Cleveland. Cleveland is one of the slum settlements of Johannesburg. The victims were foreigners. Most of the victims were from Zimbabwe.
Currently, there are tensions in Zimbabwe in regards to the election. A run-off election between incumbent President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is set to take place in a few weeks. There has been much chaos taking place after the elections.
But the violence originated in the township of Alexandria. Residents of the township blamed foreigners for the decrease in job employment and housing. Right now, Zimbabwe has the highest inflation rate in the world at 1000 persent. Mugabe has been blamed for the unstable economy of Zimbabwe. However, Mugabe brushed off all blame and said there was a Western plot to get him out of power.
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