ANALYSIS: Is failure to fight xenophobia deliberate?

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ANALYSIS: Is failure to fight xenophobia deliberate?

Analysts claim intelligence failures are leading to violent attack on foreigners

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Government cancelled meetings, government didn’t cancel meetings. Government intelligence agents knew deadly xenophobic violence was coming, government didn’t know. Government says third-force operators are behind the violence, government says it’s because of opportunistic criminals.

It is clear, according to intelligence and security analysts, that government is clueless on how to stop the xenophobic violence that has left 13 people dead in Gauteng in the past 10 days.

On Sunday, Jeppestown hostel dwellers, after meeting with IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, rampaged through downtown Johannesburg, killing two people, torching vehicles and buildings. The meeting was meant to have been called off, according to government, but went ahead, catching police by surprise...

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