South African President Jacob Zuma canceled an official visit to Indonesia Saturday to deal with anti-immigrant violence in his country. Police made arrests and stepped up their presence around Durban and Johannesburg, where the unrest was concentrated Friday night. Zuma plans to meet with representatives of immigrant communities affected by the violence.
Demonstrators attacked foreign-owned businesses and lit cars afire in Johannesburg, as protesters did March 30, the first night of unrest in South Africa. Police responded with rubber bullets while arresting at least 30 people for offenses such as “public violence, malicous damage to property, house breaking and theft,” a representative told Agence France-Presse. Police urged people to refrain from spreading unverified information about attacks on foreigners via social media to prevent unwarranted panic, BBC News reported.