South Africa: Police fires rubber bullets and stun grenades at anti-migrant protestors

South African protest is still going on, and every day we hear new things regarding this protest, like police firing tear gas, not allowing protestors to go further, and so on.

On February 13, Sunday, South Africa police fired rubber bullets and stunned grenades Sunday at a protest in Johannesburg against migrant workers that drew some 200 people, many of them unemployed.


South Africa, the mainland’s leading industrialized economy, is a country that gives work to the people who are mainly migrants, but they always get targeted in deadly xenophobic attacks.

As per the police spokesperson, some rubber bullets and stun grenades were fired when the protesters became unmanageable.

According to the sources, “than contained the situation, and there were no clashes.”

However, no damages have been noted so far due to rubber bullets.

That tension mounted when the protesters tried to break through a police cordon as per the resources.

The protest moved from a park to the nearest supermarket that gives employment to the foreign workers.


An accompanying protest took place in the Alexandra township north of Johannesburg, where about 100 anti-immigration protesters pulled down stalls belonging to retailers represented by the demonstrators as “outsiders”.

On Saturday, police used water canster against protesters in a poor district of Johannesburg who was also demanding the departure of migrant workers.

As per the data from the statistics agency of South Africa, there are nearly 3.95 million foreigners who are living in the country in which political refugees were also part of that and qualified expatriate workers and economic migrants.

The competition they provide for work has irritated jobless South Africans.

In South, Africa unemployment stands at nearly 35 per cent overall and around 65 per cent among young people.

Last month, the Zimbabwean embassy complained that its nationals suffered harassment and threats of “forced expulsion”.

South African leaders declared on January 13 that the temporary work visas of around 250,000 Zimbabweans would not be renewed.

Xenophobic screams argued around a dozen lives in 2019, and in 2008 left approximately 60 people dead.