UPDATE 4-Anti-immigrant unrest hits S.Africa as Zuma condemns violence

jueves 16 de abril de 2015 12:49 GYT

* President says violence "violates" South African values

* Anti-immigrant violence spreading in South Africa

* Seen rooted in joblessness, poverty (Adds Vale disturbance in Mozambique)

By Dinky Mkhize

JOHANNESBURG, April 16 (Reuters) - South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Thursday to disperse anti-immigrant protesters in Johannesburg, as the country's president called for a halt to a wave of violence directed at foreigners.

Around 200 protesters, shouting that they wanted immigrants to leave, had pelted passing vehicles and police with rocks in an eastern suburb of the country's biggest commercial city, triggering the show of force.

At least four people have been killed in the unrest that started two weeks ago in Durban, a major port on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast where further clashes broke out on Thursday.

Violence flared days after Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said in remarks reported by local media that foreigners should leave South Africa. He has since said his comments were misinterpreted.

The foreign ministry of China, a major trade partner, said Chinese-run shops had been damaged in Johannesburg. The Chinese consulate lodged a protest with the police and asked that they ensure the safety of Chinese people.   Continuación...