Xenophobia Ghanaian murdered as South Africa's xenophobic attacks escalate

A Ghanaian, Emmanuel Kwesi Quaison has reportedly been killed in the latest xenophobic attacks in Durban, South Africa.

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A Ghanaian, Emmanuel Kwesi Quaison has been killed in Durban by local gangs as xenophobic attacks in South Africa continue.

The violence, which broke out in Durban and surrounding townships, has spread to other parts of the country, including the economic capital Johannesburg.

Eight people have so far been confirmed dead in the new wave of attacks and foreign-owned shops looted in recent weeks.

Two weeks ago locals began attacking and looting properties owned by fellow Africans, in the wake of alleged comments by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini telling migrants to go home – although he says he was mistranslated.

President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence and has established a team of ministers to put an end to it.

However, the government said it is not yet time to bring in the army.

Over 1,000 foreigners in Durban have fled their homes and are now living in makeshift camps, under Police guard.

Violence against African immigrants in South Africa is common, with impoverished locals accusing foreigners of taking their jobs and business.

Rising unemployment amongst black South Africans is fuelling animosity against other African nationals living in the relatively prosperous multi-racial country.

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