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uth African Police fire tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets.
ying to disperse rival protesters in Pretoria, as groups of citizens and non-nationals faced off in the streets on Friday. Some brandishing machetes, rocks, and sticks.
We will not fight. We are not here to fight, but we are ready to protect our purpose.
ti immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa, against a backdrop of almost record unemployment. Reuters' correspondent, TJ Strydom, says foreigners are being accused of stealing jobs and causing crime.>> Foreign nationals say they're here to make a living, and some of them complained that they are simply the victims of crime and looting.
Where South Africans, again, point finger saying that foreign nationals are responsible, alleging they're responsible for drug trafficking and prostitution in a country with a very high crime rate.>> That was the reason given by a group who looted at least 20 small businesses believed to be owned by Nigerian and Pakistani immigrants in an area of West Pretoria earlier this week.
In retaliation, Nigerian protesters attacked and vandalized the head office of South African mobile phone giant MTN in Abuja on Thursday, prompting South Africa's Home Affairs Minister to appeal for calm.>> We expect that ambassadors would also appeal to their nationals to respect the laws of the countries in which they live.
>> A call that appears to have, so far, fallen on deaf ears. Another chapter in the volatile relationship between South Africa and Nigeria, the continent's two largest economic and diplomatic powers.