[Fwd: Foreigners 'chased like dogs']

Foreigners 'chased like dogs'

By Caryn Dolley

Foreigners forced from informal settlements around the province are
still too scared to return to their homes because they fear being
attacked again.

"I'm not going back. I don't care if the police are there. I am scared.
They've torn down my shop and my brothers who have gone back were
threatened again. We will wait - maybe until next week," Abduragman
Alikar, a Somali who ran a shop in Khayelitsha, said on Tuesday.

On Sunday and Monday scores of foreigners left a number of informal
settlements around the province after being threatened. Some had had
their shops looted.

Late on Monday in Nyanga fears of attacks against foreigners were
further fuelled when the body of a 33-year-old Malawian, Peter Chavura,
was discovered.

He had been murdered and his genitals cut off.

Nyanga police station spokeswoman Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said the murder
was not xenophobia-related.

She said Chavura had been drinking with his friends on Sunday at a
shebeen in Samora Machel.

That was where his girlfriend last saw him but on Monday a resident told
her his body had been discovered in bushes in the area.

Pictures of the scene show his genitals on grass near his body.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Times on July
14, 2010


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