World

South African president postpones ceremony because of deadly violence against immigrants

  • A man leaves a burnt shop owned by a foreign national in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, April 19, 2015. South Africa's president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least six people. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    A man leaves a burnt shop owned by a foreign national in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, April 19, 2015. South Africa's president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least six people. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • A child plays between tents set up as a temporary refugee camp for foreign nationals fleeing attacks from South Africans, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, April 19, 2015. South Africa's president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least six people. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    A child plays between tents set up as a temporary refugee camp for foreign nationals fleeing attacks from South Africans, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, April 19, 2015. South Africa's president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least six people. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Foreign nationals queue for food at a temporary refugee camp, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, April 20, 2015. A total of seven people have died in attacks on immigrants in South Africa in the past week bringing the South African president to postpone a key ceremony, his office said Monday. The anti-immigrant violence has been in specific areas of Durban and Johannesburg. Six people died in attacks in the coastal city of Durban, where looters broke into shops owned by immigrants, police said. The violence has since subsided. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Foreign nationals queue for food at a temporary refugee camp, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, April 20, 2015. A total of seven people have died in attacks on immigrants in South Africa in the past week bringing the South African president to postpone a key ceremony, his office said Monday. The anti-immigrant violence has been in specific areas of Durban and Johannesburg. Six people died in attacks in the coastal city of Durban, where looters broke into shops owned by immigrants, police said. The violence has since subsided. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

South Africa's president says a total of seven people have died in ongoing attacks on immigrants here and he postponed a key ceremony because of the crisis.

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