Ethiopia condemns 'heinous violence' in South Africa

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By BBC Africa

Ethiopia is the latest African country to criticise the recent attacks in South Africa in which foreigners have been targeted.

In a statement on Facebook, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it condemned "the heinous act of violence perpetrated against foreigners including our citizens in South Africa".

The trouble began on Sunday night in the commercial capital Johannesburg where mainly foreign-owned shops were torched and looted.

Five people have died in the violence, but police have not given details of their nationalities.

In the statement, Ethiopia's foreign ministry welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosas's denunciation of the violence.

Meanwhile, Zambia's Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji told the BBC that South Africa must bring to the violence to a halt.

On Wednesday morning, in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, people protesting against the attacks raided a South African-owned supermarket.

Students at a nearby university had said they would boycott lectures in order to demonstrate.


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