21 July 2010, 12:00 p.m. | SA troops sent in to guard xenophobic hotspot

As the South African government send in the troops to guard an alleged xenophobia hotspot north of Johannesburg, the SA Human Rights Commission on Wednesday said it is difficult to determine the exact cause of xenophobic violence in the country.

The commission presented a report in Parliament on its investigation into the 2008 violence during which 60 people were killed and thousands were displaced.

Jobs and Houses likely cause

Human Rights Commission chairperson Lawrence Mushwana told the South African parliament today it does not seem to be any one cause of xenophobia but did point out that unrest occurred almost exclusively in urban area which strongly points to competition for jobs and housing being a cause.


The Justice Portfolio Committee’s Ngoako Ramatlhodi said the struggle for limited resources is just one cause.


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