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Finweek English Edition - - INSIDE - Pic­ture: Lourens Reyneke

Nomsa Ng­wenya, 33, a nurse by train­ing, moved to Jo­han­nes­burg 12 years ago from Zim­babwe. She first worked at a restau­rant in Brix­ton and later as a do­mes­tic worker. She saved enough money to buy Thorn­ton’s, a pub in West­dene, with a Zim­bab­wean friend, Robert Ncube, in Fe­bru­ary last year.

Ng­wenya, who sup­ports fam­ily in Jo­han­nes­burg and Zim­babwe, says that they are very scared of the xeno­pho­bia sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try be­cause they are “open tar­gets”.

At least seven peo­ple have been killed since xeno­pho­bic vi­o­lence erupted in Isipingo in KwaZulu-Natal late in March, later spread­ing to Gaut­eng. Around 300 peo­ple have since been ar­rested, and the po­lice and mil­i­tary con­ducted raids in hotspots in Alexan­dra, Jeppestown and Prim­rose. Nige­ria re­called its se­nior diplo­mats to SA over the vi­o­lence on 25 April, spark­ing a diplo­matic cri­sis be­tween Africa’s two big­gest economies.

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