One dead as violent clash in Pietermaritzburg CBD sparks chaos | Witness

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One dead as violent clash in Pietermaritzburg CBD sparks chaos | Witness


Firefighters at the scene in Church Street, Pietermaritzburg after a clash between foreign nationals and local taxi drivers.

A violent clash over a phone between Pietermaritzburg taxi operators and shop owners, who are foreign nationals, left one person dead and two seriously injured on Wednesday afternoon.

This sparked fears that the xenophobic violence that recently gripped Gauteng could be spreading to KwaZulu-Natal.

According to the police, one person was killed and two others were taken to hospital following a clash between foreign nationals and local taxi drivers. The violent clash led to the closure of a section of Church Street from Boshoff Street to Retief Street and the closure of shops. It is alleged that a foreign national was killed near the Capital Centre after he tried to flee from the mob.

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