‘Shoot us! No more SA!’ Migrants’ desperation turns violent

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‘Shoot us! No more SA!’ Migrants’ desperation turns violent

FREE TO READ | Refugees were crying to have the UN move them to a different country for fear of xenophobic violence in SA

Jamaica Ponder

On a normal afternoon at St Georges Mall in the Cape Town city centre, midday is peak trading time. But on Wednesday, shop doors were closed. It was no normal day.

Police cars started appearing in large numbers, parked haphazardly in the pedestrian area, preparing to execute a court order to remove a group of refugees and asylum seekers involved in a sit-in protest outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since October 9.

Initially, it was quiet. A man walked with his infant strapped to his chest. Businessmen jaywalked across Strand Street, where it cuts across the mall, in a rush to lunch and back...

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