CAPE TOWN – Amnesty International on Friday in Cape Town slammed the South African Government and Police for not doing enough to protect Somali refugees.
Deprose Muchena, the Regional Director for Southern Africa, said that six years after a wave of xenophobic violence swept the country, it was inexcusable that South African authorities had not addressed the problem.
The xenophobic attacks in 2008 left more than 60 dead and about 10,000 others displaced and at the time.
The Institute for Race Relations blamed the South African Government and President Thabo Mbeki for the violence.
He said the recent attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Pretoria’s Mamelodi township could have been prevented.
Muchena said in spite of repeated calls during the attacks, the police were slow to respond and failed to adequately deploy patrols to stop the escalation of violence.