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28 Aug 2020 | 12:31 PM UTC

South Africa: Anti-immigration protest scheduled in Pretoria on August 29

South Africa News Alert

Anti-immigration protest scheduled in Pretoria on August 29; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/28/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION South Africa

Event

An anti-immigration protest is expected to be held on Saturday, August 29, in Pretoria. The demonstration is scheduled to take place in front of the Union buildings and is being held to protest the perceived government inaction in curbing illegal immigration and bias towards employing immigrants over local nationals.

A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of the demonstration and localized transportation disruption should be anticipated.

Context

South Africa has long been prone to waves of anti-immigrant sentiment and xenophobic violence. The opening of the country's borders in the early 1990s prompted an influx of migrants, mostly from other African countries. However, high unemployment rates and a stagnant economy have led to tensions between local and foreign nationals, which have sporadically escalated into attacks on foreign-owned businesses and rioting. Violent unrest, mostly in townships but occasionally in central areas of urban centers such as Durban and Johannesburg, has left dozens of people dead and thousands displaced, with the government criticized for its perceived inability or reluctance to decisively address the issue. Outbreaks of xenophobic violence in South Africa also have the potential to generate reprisals in neighboring countries.

Advice

Individuals in South Africa are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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