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Fire Tragedy a 'Wake Up Call' for South Africa

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Medics stand by a burning apartment block in Johannesburg on August 31, 2023. © 2023 Jerome Delay/AP Photo More than 70 people were killed last week when a fire tore through a five-story neglected building in Johannesburg’s central business district. The “informal settlement” was occupied in large part by undocumented migrants living with little to no access to electricity, water or adequate sanitation. In the wake of the tragedy, many South Africans started blaming foreign nationals, with some claiming that eviction laws protect criminals by making it difficult to…

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