2009 Photo Contest, Spot News, 2nd prize

Henk Kruger

Cape Times

21 May, 2008

A Zimbabwean man crawls through the border fence from Zimbabwe into South Africa, close to Beit Bridge. Zimbabwe was experiencing spiraling hyperinflation and critical unemployment. Official figures set immigration to South Africa at an average of 96,000 per month, not taking illegal migrants into account. In May, xenophobic violence broke out in Gauteng province, around Johannesburg. Attacks against migrants accused of taking homes and jobs from locals went on for several weeks, leaving around 60 people dead.

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Henk Kruger

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