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Ceremony to mark end of apartheid in South Africa postponed after seven people die in attacks on immigrants

Published 20/04/2015 | 12:00

The office of President Jacob Zuma said the ceremony must be postponed so South Africa can mourn the victims of anti-immigrant violence.
The office of President Jacob Zuma said the ceremony must be postponed so South Africa can mourn the victims of anti-immigrant violence.

A ceremony marking the end of apartheid in South Africa has been postponed after seven people died in ongoing attacks on immigrants in the country.

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The office of President Jacob Zuma said the ceremony scheduled for next week bestows the country's highest official honour on South Africans and foreigners who have contributed to the country.

His office said it must be postponed so South Africa can mourn the victims of anti-immigrant violence.

The annual ceremony was to be held on April 27, a holiday commemorating the first all-race elections in 1994 that marked the end of apartheid.

Police in Durban say six people died in attacks there. South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper published photographs of a fatal attack in the Johannesburg area on a Mozambican man.

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