Human trafficking, xenophobia concerns for World Cup

10:31, June 01, 2010      

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Although they expect a great FIFA World Cup in South Africa next month, an international group of eminent leaders called the "Elders" said at Johannesburg on Monday there were causes for concerns.

These included xenophobia, human trafficking and the inability of street traders in South Africa to ply their livelihoods inside FIFA World Cup stadiums.

They said xenophobia may erupt in South Africa after the tournament as jobs start becoming more scarce.

Former Ireland President Mary Robinson told a press briefing in Johannesburg: "I think everyone recognizes that with having the World Cup in South Africa there are concerns."

The "Elders" are an eminent group of former leaders who no longer hold public office, and speak and act independently.

"We are more worried after the World Cup, the possibilities of xenophobia. Construction jobs fall away and people, especially from Zimbabwe, will be looking for jobs," Robinson said, according to the South African Press Association (SAPA).

Robinson added that the "Elders" hope xenophobia does not happen and more job opportunities come.

In 2008, more than 60 people died in a wave of xenophobic violence across South Africa.

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