Thousands Flee After Anti-Immigrant Violence Strikes South Africa

April 16, 2015 8:39 PM

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In South Africa, more than 2,000 people have fled to makeshift camps and police stations. They're immigrants living in fear after a wave of violent attack in the last week. The violence was reignited after the country's Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, told his followers that immigrants should pack their bags and go. The immigrants are accused of taking South African jobs. At least five people have been killed after looters attacked immigrant shopkeepers. Most of the unrest has happened in and around the city of Durban. For more on this, we reached S'thembile Cele of the South African newspaper City Press. Welcome to the program.

SIEGEL: And what did the Zulu king say exactly, and why would his comments provoke such violence?

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