More than 2,200 people have been arrested for theft and vandalism and 117 people have died. Many were trampled to death in chaotic stampedes when shops were being looted.
Some parts of the country, including the commercial hub Johannesburg and the capital city Pretoria, are experiencing a third wave.
In a long-running sit-in in front of the UN refugee agency offices in Pretoria, asylum-seekers are asking for protection and relocation to a safer country. The sit-in was sparked by a wave of xenophobic violence in September.
President Muhammadu Buhari met his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa and stressed the importance of avoiding a repeat of attacks against foreigners that occurred in the country.
The roots of this violence and anti-immigrant sentiments run deep and a mélange of factors collide, dissolve and divide, often crisscrossing social, economic and political lines.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says two of the victims were foreigners who were killed during a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores followed by apparent reprisal attacks in Nigeria.
White South Africans still own almost two-thirds of the country's land. But President Cyril Ramaphosa's government hopes to transfer 30 percent of the land back to black owners by 2030 in a fast redistribution process.
The power struggle over Jacob Zuma's departure put the president at loggerheads with Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, who is the head of the ruling African National Congress party.
Rhino populations have been decimated by the demand for rhino horn in traditional Chinese medicine. Now a report suggests that there is a new market to drive poaching.
According to a senior government source, Zimbabwe's first lady will not be arrested over an assault amid a possible diplomatic rift with South Africa. The country has put up "red alert" border posts to prevent her from fleeing.
They faced an under-strength French side, but South Africa's national rugby team, the Springboks, made sure they took their opportunities against them in the first of three tests in Pretoria.
A minibus collided with a truck and exploded in a ball of fire, a rescue official said.
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