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How the world is covering SA’s flare up of violence - from Bloomberg to the New York Times

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  • SA has been faced with days of violence ahead of the World Economic Forum taking place in Cape Town. 
  • Five people have been killed and over 100 people arrested as shops were looted in Tshwane and Cape Town. 
  • Several international publications including the New York Times, BBC and Bloomberg have been reporting on it. 
  • For more stories go to the Business Insider South Africa homepage.

Violence flared up in South Africa this week ahead of the annual World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF Africa) taking place in Cape Town. 

Rioters destroyed property, torch vehicles, and looted shops in Tshwane and Johannesburg, leaving five people dead. 

On Tuesday, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said over 100 people have been arrested in connection with the violence. 

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemned the violence, while Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi reportedly pulled out of WEF Africa. The conference was set to be attended by 28 African countries. 

On Tuesday, the Zambian Football Association also cancelled a friendly match against Bafana Bafana. 

This is how international publications reported on the flare up of violence in South Africa. 

Reuters: “Police have yet to pinpoint what triggered the violence.”


Al Jazeera: “Most of the deceased were South Africans.”


Bloomberg: “The violence erupted last week after a South African taxi driver was allegedly shot dead by a suspected Nigerian drug dealer.”


The New York Times: “There are fewer than four million migrants in South Africa, a nation of more than 50 million.”


BBC: "Other African governments have issued warnings to their citizens over the violence."


AFP: “Several Nigerians used social media to call for a boycott of South African companies." 

Compiled by James de Villiers. 

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