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Death toll from S.Africa violence hits 62: police PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 June 2008

AFP, JOHANNESBURG - Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa killed 62 people and wounded 670 this month, police said Saturday, raising an earlier toll of 56 dead after several victims died in hospital.

"In total, at 6:00 am (0400 GMT) on Thursday morning, we had 62 dead people and 670 injured," national police spokeswoman Sally de Beer told AFP, after a spate of violence that started two weeks ago but which has now subsided.

"Some of the people that were injured died in hospital," she said, adding that there there was "no report of any major incidents recently."

Attacks broke out in a poor neighbourhood of Johannesburg on May 11 and spread across the country, targetting immigrants including Zimbabweans and Mozambicans whom locals blamed for taking their jobs.

The violence forced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

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