Xenophobia In South Africa Hundreds arrested over foreigner attacks

307 suspects had been arrested for a range of xenophobic-related crimes even as security agencies have also reportedly increased the police presence on the ground

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Over 300 people have been arrested for perpetuating various crimes against foreigners in the latest wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Al Jazeera reports that 307 suspects had been arrested for a range of xenophobic-related crimes even as security agencies have also reportedly increased the police presence on the ground after at least eight deaths in anti-immigrant violence in the past week.

Meanwhile, over 1,000 people have been displaced in the xenophobic attacks while Nigerian Consul-General in South Africa, Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke stated that Nigerians have lost property worth over N21 million to looting.

The death toll currently stands at 8 people so far, while Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini also told Al Jazeera that no violent incidents occurred overnight or on Sunday.

Reports say South African President Jacob Zuma cancelled a trip to Indonesia in order to address the situation at home, saying that stake holders would be engaged this week in order to return the situation to normality.

The latest wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa started in the country's coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, whose capital is Durban following inciteful comments credited to Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini in which he called on foreigners to return to their home country.

The attacks soon spread inland to the country's financial hub, Johannesburg, in Gauteng province centering around hot spots such as Jeppestown, Alexandra, Malvern, Thokoza and Cleveland.

In 2008, over 60 foreigners, including Nigerians and South Africans, who bore a semblance to foreigners, were killed in xenophobic attacks that analysts believe had its roots in tensions over a lack of jobs.

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