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South Africa Shops Looted Despite Zuma Call for Peace

A police officer walks between the shacks in a informal settlement in Germiston, east Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Fears of anti-immigrant attacks have escalated sending foreigners seeking refuge in camps and a police station. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
A police officer walks between the shacks in a informal settlement in Germiston, east Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Fears of anti-immigrant attacks have escalated sending foreigners seeking refuge in camps and a police station. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

(BBC) – Foreign-owned shops in South Africa have been attacked and looted in east Johannesburg, the latest in a series of xenophobic attacks.

A standoff is ongoing in Johannesburg, with police forming a barrier between an angry crowd and foreign-owned shops.

The violence comes despite Thursday’s rally against xenophobia in the coastal city of Durban, and condemnation from President Jacob Zuma.

At least five people have died in anti-foreigner attacks in recent weeks.

Migrants, mostly from other African states and Asia, have moved to South Africa in large numbers since white-minority rule ended in 1994.

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