Xenophobic Violence Erupts in South Africa

Xenophobic Violence Erupts in South Africa

IOM condemns the spate of anti-immigrant violence organized by individual citizens and community associations in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg, and in the South African capital of Pretoria.

"Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law abiding and contribute to the economy of the country positively".

Speaking on the floor of Parliament Friday, the Minority Chief Whip said he has stopped buying South African products since the last hate attacks in 2015.

However, the problem of drugs and crime is a problem that started even under the apartheid era while foreigners only started coming to South Africa after 1994. The MTN spokesman said that the protesters were motivated by the xenophobic violence in South Africa.

"The community frustrations are sparked by high levels of criminal activities particularly drugs trafficking, under-age prostitution and human trafficking which are impacting on the youth negatively and are alleged to be perpetuated by the foreign nationals".

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"There are allegations that these shops belong to foreign nationals", police spokeswoman Brigadier Mathapelo Peters told Reuters.

"I've been told people leading the march are saying it's not an anti-foreigners march, it is anti-crime", Zuma told journalists Friday.

Alhaji Muntaka asked why diplomacy should be continued to be used in addressing the maltreatment of foreign nationals while they continued to be killed and suffer in South Africa.

Olunloyo, an upholsterer from Lagos, founded the online community forum Lagos To Jozi to help Nigerians living in South Africa access information on "how to live, study or earn a living legitimately within the Republic".

Some of the worst mob-violence against foreigners in recent years swept across the nation in 2008, when at least 60 people were killed, many of them dragged from their homes or attacked in their shops. Police Commissioner Khomotso Phalane said 136 people had been arrested in the past 24 hours.

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In a statement on Thursday, MTN expressed "concern over attacks on non-nationals in both countries".

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has warned South Africans against further attacks on Nigerians.

He said they burned the South African flag at the High Commission to pass a message that "we don't have relationship with them any longer".

South African President Jacob Zuma called for calm and reason to prevail amid the xenophobic protests.

The Majority Leader said he did not understand why Ghanaians were being accused of taking over South African jobs.

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