Not one conviction for xenophobic violence

26 February 2015 - 12:08 By Katharine Child
Nhamuave after police doused the flames consuming his body. Sixty-two people died during the wave of xenophobic attacks in 2008, an orgy of violence directed at foreigners. File photo.
Nhamuave after police doused the flames consuming his body. Sixty-two people died during the wave of xenophobic attacks in 2008, an orgy of violence directed at foreigners. File photo.

Not a single successful prosecution of a South African who has attacked foreigners or looted their shops has taken place since 2008, when xenophobic violence in this country started.

Amnesty International's Mary Rayner said the lack of consequences was proof that the government was not committed to protecting foreigners.

The NGO's global report on human rights violations released yesterday expressed concern that little would come of the recommendations of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

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