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Immigrants flee South African violence

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Anti-foreigner violence sweeping parts of South Africa has forced thousands of immigrants to flee, and head back to their homelands. At least 50 people have been killed by mobs claiming that immigrants have taken their jobs and sparked a crimewave. Now, people who came to South Africa in search of a better life, have had enough.

The South African government has come under fire for its slow response to the violence, the worst since the end of apartheid 14 years ago. President Thabo Mbeki appealed for calm. “Today we are face with a disgrace, where you have a handful of people in our communities that decides to commit crime against fellow Africans,” he said. “That is something we have to act against very firmly, and stop.”

Thousands of people marched through Johannesburg, calling for an end to the attacks on foreigners. Townships around the city were quiet on Saturday, but new clashes were reported outside Cape Town.