South Africa: Behind the Arrests - Hundreds of Xenophobic Attack Suspects in Custody, but Is the 'Just a Crime' Approach Working?

CATEGORY: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
DATE: 18 September 2019
AUTHOR: Allafrica.com

The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court's register of new cases for the first 10 or so days of September reads, as ever, like a typical South African horror story. It is a daily record of murders, rapes, kidnappings, and more.

But for this period, it was made even longer, by row upon row of the names of those rounded up during the xenophobic attacks.

These are arrests often demanded by a public desperate to see law and order restored, after the violence that claimed at least 12 lives, and shattered many more, along with the shop windows of migrants and South African citizens alike.

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