Xenophobia: Rubber bullets fired in volatile Jeppestown

One person was injured as police dispersed a crowd that targeted a Nigerian-owned garage in Jeppestown.

Police used rubber bullets to scare off protesters in the Johannesburg CBD during a flare-up of xenophobic violence on 17 April 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police have fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd that targeted a foreign-owned garage in Jeppestown in central Johannesburg.

Locals tried to break into the workshop which is owned by Nigerians when the men retaliated. At least one person's been injured.

It's the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence in the area.

#Xenophobia A standoff in Jeppestown. Foreign nationals say they are tired of being attacked. TM pic.twitter.com/OHSGlYw2iL

Anger is mounting in the area as foreigner nationals vow to retaliate against any violence.

They say they're earning an honest living and are prepared to return to Nigeria if they continue to be targeted.

At least one man has been stoned and 20 vehicles have been damaged in this morning's attack.

Meanwhile, many of the vehicles burnt overnight were stripped and local businessmen arrived to bargain for car parts.

Overnight there was heavy violence with several business looted.

Protesters say they will intensify their action overnight and promise to chase out all foreigners by the end of the weekend.

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The South African government has warned the wave of xenophobic attacks threatens South Africa's interests both on the continent and the rest of the world.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe made the comments at a post-cabinet briefing in Pretoria today. He reiterated government's condemnation of the violence.

Radebe said the violence had far reaching implications for the country's economy.

"South African companies who are running successful business in the continent, which help to contribute to our revenue and sustaining our economy, may suffer the same fate."

#PostCab Radebe: neighbouring African countries not only hosted us during the struggle, but also contributed resources. BB

#PostCab Radebe: South African artists have had their international concert dates cancelled as a result of these attacks. BB

While noting issues raised by the distressed communities, Radebe said violence could never solve these issues and no amount of frustration or anger justified attacking foreigners.

"It reflects very badly on us as the people, going against the very ideals of our foundational values of our constitutional democracy. South Africa fought against colonialism and apartheid alongside fellow Africans."