Two mosques attacked within a week in South Africa
HILLBROW (Agencies): As violence targeting foreign nationals continues to ravage South Africa, a mosque in the Hillbrow area was attacked by unidentified persons with Molotov cocktail before evening prayers on Sunday in Johannesburg.
Two suspects were detained in the attack that damaged the Masjid Himayatul Islam, according to local publication Times LIVE.
“They threw a petrol bomb at the mosque, but it didn’t catch fire,” Police spokesperson Capt Kay Makhubela said on Monday morning.
This is the second attack on a mosque in just one week as the Katlehong Mosque was also targeted on Wednesday.
Violence targeting foreign nationals started last Sunday with shops belonging to foreign nationals being looted for three days in a row. Relative calm was however restored on Thursday until Saturday but violence broke out again on Sunday.
Many foreign shops and others businesses including car dealerships were also set on fire.
There is high unemployment in South Africa where locals often accuse foreigners of taking their jobs.
They accuse foreigners of unfairly competing with them in running retail businesses and want them to be stopped from operating these small businesses.
Locals also accuse foreign nationals of committing crimes, crowding social services such as health centers and also claim they benefit from social grants meant for locals.