Tension likely to rise again

The global downturn in economies might increase tension between locals and foreigners as the availability of resources tightens and jobs become more scarce, an NGO said yesterday.

The global downturn in economies might increase tension between locals and foreigners as the availability of resources tightens and jobs become more scarce, an NGO said yesterday.

According to Loren Landau, chairperson of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa, the country has regressed in its bid to promote harmony between locals and foreigners residing within its borders.

"If anything, we have gone back," he said, adding that little had been done to find the cause of the problem.

"There has been no investigation, authorities are doing very little... the HRC has delayed its inquiry," Landau said. - Sapa

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