The South African police arrested three people for the murder of a Mozambican man that newspapers photographed and published during the worst anti-foreigner violence in seven years.
Three suspects were arrested late Sunday and will appear in court on Tuesday, while a fourth is still at large, the police said on its Twitter account.
Local newspapers including the Sunday Times and the Star published pictures of Emmanuel Sithole being attacked and stabbed on Saturday in Alexandra township in the north of Johannesburg. Sithole died in the hospital, according to the Sunday Times.
Africa’s second-biggest economy is facing the worst violence against immigrants since 2008. The latest wave of unrest started in January, when six people were killed around Johannesburg. At least seven people have died in unrest that started this month in the coastal city of Durban.
President Jacob Zuma canceled a state visit to Indonesia after the violence spread in Johannesburg. Zuma visited displaced foreign nationals in Durban during the weekend, his office said in a statement on its website.
Zuma’s Cabinet has warned that South African companies operating in the rest of Africa may be targeted in retaliation for the violence.
Dublin-based Kenmare Resources Plc said on Monday it has temporarily repatriated South African members if its workforce at the Moma Mine in Mozambique. Johannesburg-based Sasol Ltd. announced on April 17 that it’s repatriating South African employees working on projects in Mozambique for their own safety.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will meet with traditional leaders on Monday to discuss violence against foreigners, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government said in a statement on its Facebook page on April 18. The Durban-based Mercury newspaper on March 23 cited the king as saying foreigners were depriving South Africans of economic opportunities and should return home.
Millions of Africans have streamed into South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994 looking for jobs or for safety from oppression in their own land. Some poor South Africans see Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and Mozambicans as competitors for jobs and business opportunities in a country with a 24 percent unemployment rate.