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One Dead, Five Injured in Johannesburg Violence

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7Dnews London - AFP

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 00:24 GMT

At least one person was killed and five others wounded in Johannesburg on Sunday, September 8th, after clashes between security forces and looters in the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence, police said.

Riot police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets on Sunday to break up crowds targeting businesses in the city's Central Business District (CBD).

"We can confirm one person was reported dead," police spokesperson Xlolani Fihla told AFP. "We can't confirm the cause of death."

Five more people were reported injured, Captain Kay Makhubele, a national police force official, told eNCA news.

The CBD, Jeppestown and Hillbrow neighbourhoods were under control, police later said on Twitter.

In the last week, a surge of attacks have hit Johannesburg and other regions against businesses owned by migrants, leaving at least ten people dead.

South Africa is a major destination for economic migrants from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. But others come from South Asia and Nigeria looking for work in the continent's second-largest economy.

Due to this recent violence, ties between South Africa and Nigeria are deteriorating. Abuja summoned Pretoria's envoy and boycotted an economic summit in Cape Town in protest.

Officials said several Nigerian businesses were attacked and burned down, though they said no Nigerians were killed.

In 2008, xenophobic attacks left 62 people dead, while in 2015, seven were killed in attacks in Johannesburg and Durban.