Arrest of a leader of the anti-migrant protest in South Africa

By AFP

The leader of an anti-migrant protest movement in South Africa that has gained momentum in recent months was arrested on Thursday, police said.

Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini, a black activist in his 30s, was taken to Johannesburg Central Police Station for questioning, a police spokesman said. AFP without giving more details.

Dlamini is known in his community for parading in a luxury sports car.

He is also known for his public appearances, almost always wearing military fatigues and a bulletproof vest.

The arrest drew criticism from members of his movement, who took to social media and social media to threaten to escalate their activities.

Since January, demonstrations called “to fight for the future of South Africans” and against migrant workers have been held regularly in several cities.

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Protesters took to shops to demand that foreign workers accused of “stealing” South Africans’ jobs be fired.

These rallies have so far led to tension but not violence.

South Africa is periodically plagued by xenophobic epidemics.

Sixty-two people were killed in riots in 2008.

Violent clashes erupted in 2015, 2016 and again in 2019.

The country has 3.95 million foreigners out of nearly 60 million inhabitants, according to official statistics.

The continent’s leading industrial power struggles with a 35% unemployment rate but attracts many African migrants.

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