South Africa: Anti-foreigner riots erupt in Durban killing 4

A foreign national holds a machete to protect himself after clashes broke out between a group of locals and police in Durban, South Africa, on 14 April 2015

A foreign national holds a machete to protect himself after clashes broke out between a group of locals and police in Durban, South Africa, on 14 April 2015

There have been violent clashes in the South African city of Durban, after a crowd of hundreds of locals tried to attack shops and businesses owned by immigrants on 14 April 2015.

Immigrant shop owners in the coastal city fought off a crowd of looters, who then started stoning cars and shops, reports News24.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I notice the absolute non-judgmental or matter-of-fact tone of this news item, so I guess I can assume it wasn’t the South African whites that were rioting.
    Although I can’t say I blame them.
    Africans can be quite tribal so it’s likely that anyone employed by these illegal alien shop keepers are employing exclusively from their own tribes of family and not putting back anything like they take out of the local economy.

    • tom_billesley

      http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/LIVE-Xenophobia-violence-in-KZN-20150414
      Two of the dead were Ethiopians, fire-bombed in the shipping container they slept in and conducted business from.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Wow, it’s worse than I thought.
        Thanks Africa, you never dissapoint!

    • Thermblog

      The apartheid govt. operated a dual justice system to accommodate the tribal battles. Similar to Canada in a way. And yes, tribalism is still a big and complex factor.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Non-judgmental is a requirement of their style guide because they can’t blame whitey anymore.
      And now that whitey doesn’t generate the same amount of economic value as it used to they are left to fight over an ever smaller pie.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        No kidding.
        Can you just imagine the tone if a bunch of Boer farmers flipped out over black crime and started hacking to death and burning to death random blacks?
        Goodbye non-judgmental tone!

  • Stronger than Dirt

    What could go wrong ? Goodwill ?
    ‘More than 1,000 foreigners – including Ethiopians, Malawians, Somalians and Pakistanis – have been forced to flee their homes in the KwaZulu-Natal province since the violence erupted days ago, after Zulu King ‘Goodwill’ Zwelithini said that foreigners should “pack their bags” and leave.’

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I wonder if Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini would be interested in running our immigration office (INS)?

      • Stronger than Dirt

        Apparently His Majesty actually said, ‘Please’, …he asked that foreigners “Please return to their native lands since, he maintained, South African nationals in diaspora had not gone on to open businesses in host countries.” He wouldn’t make it here, the true racists would attack him and his character.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Awesome name for a Ska band.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I can’t be unhappy listening to Ska.
      Even when Terry Hall is singing.

  • winniec

    Don’t be silly…we all know BLACK people can’t be racist.

  • Thermblog

    This comes at a time when the country’s electrical system is faltering due to poor management, the effects enhanced by allowing in too many immigrants/refugees, some of whom end up with free electricity. People now have to become used to several 2 hour outages a day. Needless to say, all this hardly helps productivity and will affect international investment.

    One day, one of these episodes might escalate into a catastrophic eruption.

    • Stronger than Dirt

      In 1998, a friend was offered a contract in SA … until it was explained that they would need bodyguards 24/7. Fuggeddaboutit.

      • Thermblog

        I wonder what kind of job it was. I go there every now and then and hardly ever run into gunfire, or much else besides the rare dead body at the roadside.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Yeah, and even that was rare.

        • Stronger than Dirt

          Haha