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Ethiopian man stoned to death in Mayfair

The man and his 3 friends were accused by community members of robbing a local business.

FILE: Police have confirmed they are investigating a case of murder after an Ethiopian man was stoned to death in Mayfair. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed they are investigating a case of murder after an Ethiopian man was stoned to death in Mayfair, south of Johannesburg.

It's believed community members in the suburb accused the man and his three friends of robbing a business and started looking for him.

When they found him on Saturday, they allegedly began beating him and throwing rocks at him.

The police's Khensani Magoai says no one has been arrested.

The news has emerged as the South African Human Rights Commission hosts a business and human rights dialogue in Sandton, on issues affecting non-citizens including refugees and asylum seekers in the country.

Yesterday, the SAHRC said violence against foreigners in the country should now be referred to as "afrophobia" and not xenophobia with the latest research showing Africans are attacked and not Europeans.

SAHRC chair, advocate Mabedle Lawrence Mushwana said there is a difference between xenophobia and acts of violence committed against African foreigners living in South Africa.

He said the sad fact is that only those who come from African countries are being targeted.

"Only those from within Africa suffer the most."

In 2008, the world watched with dismay as South African citizens violently attacked foreigners in communities across the country.

Tens of thousands of migrants were displaced and a number of them killed amid mass looting and destruction of foreign-owned homes, property and businesses.

The SAHRC says the shocking events of 2008 can never be allowed to happen again.

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