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Zimbabweans in South Africa Face New Outbreak of Xenophobic Violence


In South Africa, as many as 3,500 foreigners, mostly Zimbabweans, remained in a temporary shelter near the police station in the Western Cape farming town of de Doorns following an outbreak of violence against them in a nearby squatter camp in which homes were burned

In South Africa, an estimated 3,500 foreigners, mostly Zimbabweans, remained in a temporary shelter near the police station in the Western Cape farming town of de Doorns following an outbreak of xenophobic violence against them in a nearby squatter camp this week in which a number of homes were destroyed by locals.

From Johannesburg, VOA Studio 7 correspondent Benedict Nhlapho reported on the incident and reactions.

An organization helping the displaced, called People Against Suffering Suppression Oppression and Poverty or Passop, said the Congress of South African Trade Unions has urged the displaced farmworkers to go back to work and will look into working conditions to ensure they receive equal wages.

Passop Coordinator Braam Hannekom told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that the displaced Zimbabweans are receving a lot of help from non-governmental organizations.

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