South Africa: Migrants' Forum Claims Police Were Warned of Impending Xenophobic Attacks

Demonstrators protesting violence against women and demanding to see President Cyril Ramaphosa clash with police outside the Cape Town Convention Centre where the World Economic Forum on Africa summit is being held.
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Violence continues for the second day in Johannesburg. The African Diaspora Forum, an umbrella body of the largest groups of migrant traders, has claimed that it gave intelligence to the police of this week's impending attacks.

Dr Vusi Sibanda, who heads the African Diaspora Forum, would not name the police officers to whom information about impending xenophobic attacks had been given, but said the police had told the forum it was aware of the intelligence.

This information related to three organisations which motivated the attacks after migrant traders attacked the police in downtown Johannesburg at the end of July.

The three organisations are alleged to be the All Truck Drivers Foundation, which allegedly organises protests against foreign drivers who drive through South Africa; Respect South Africa, a nascent movement working in the inner city, and the Sisonke Peoples Forum.

Respect South Africa is claimed to have put out a WhatsApp message saying:

"We have seen a video clip that went viral yesterday, where our police officers were brutally attacked in JHB CBD for the third time by foreign nationals... this alone can not be tolerated nor accepted... ".

The Sisonke Forum put out a statement reading:...

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