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South Africa tries to contain 'Afrophobia' fallout as riots upstage summit

2019-09-06 10:40:56       source:REUTERS

September 5, 2019

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa promised on Thursday to tackle the prejudice fuelling a wave of deadly riots and xenophobic attacks, as international anger over the violence overshadowed a pan-African economic conference in Cape Town.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said at least ten people had been killed during the past week, of whom two were foreigners.

“Our country has been deeply traumatised ...by acts of violence and criminality,” he said in a televised address. “There can be no excuse for attacks on homes and businesses of foreign nationals ... (or) xenophobia.”

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