CAPE TOWN, 6 November 2020 – South Africa has started deporting 20 refugees and asylum seekers who participated in sit-in protests against xenophobia in the country in 2019.

The majority of those facing deportation are from other African countries.

Attacks against foreigners raged for five months and the sit-in protests outside the offices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Cape Town held in October 2019.

The protesters said they were in the street before the U.N. offices and later in a church because they feared for their lives.

Many foreigners were targeted and lynched, including burnt alive or hacked to death.

The xenophobic attacks against foreigners in mostly black townships of South Africa have been on and off since 2008.

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