Nigeria, Ghana express outrage over xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Nigeria, Ghana express outrage over xenophobic attacks in South Africa

- South Africa has gained notoriety over the past two decades over incidents xenophobia-influenced violence

- In the current unrest, Nigerians appear to be the target of the angry mobs

- African governments have issued warnings to their citizens over the violence

South Africa has been the subject of outrage across the country following the wave of xenophobic attacks in the country.

Some citizens of the country have gone on rampage, destroying and looting properties belonging to other African nationals.

The situation escalated, with some gory photos and videos capturing happenings in Johannesburg.

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In some of the viral videos, South African citizens are seen beating and torturing other African migrants, who they claim have taken over their jobs.

Many multinationals currently reside or work in South Africa, with reports suggesting there are about 800,000 Nigerians alone in the country.

Indeed, Nigerians living in South Africa have been hit the hardest by the xenophobic attacks, with some 128 of them reportedly killed since 2016.

The latest attacks on foreigners in South Africa, though, has drawn widespread criticism from a number of African countries.

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, condemned the attacks and said he will send a Special Envoy to South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure the issue is immediately resolved.

Meanwhile, South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa has also condemned the attacks on foreigners in his country.

He also tweeted: “I condemn the violence that has been spreading around a number of our provinces in the strongest terms. I’m convening the ministers in the security cluster today to make sure that we keep a close eye on these acts of wanton violence and find ways of stopping them.”

The Zambian government and the Ghana High Commission in South Africa have also issued separate alerts to protect their citizens.

Ghanaians in South Africa should be cautious and avoid places that are prone to violence. They should communicate early signals and potential threats to their leadership, the Pretoria mission and the police.

“Ghanaians living in and around perceived hotspots must be on the alert, watch and monitor movements of suspicious assailants,” the Ghana High Commission in South Africa cautioned its citizens.

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Meanwhile, some A-list artistes on the continent, including Wizkid and Sarkodie have condemned the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

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This bring to total 61 charges leveled against him including money laundering, unlawful deposit-taking, sale of minerals without a license and defrauding by false pretence.

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Source: Yen

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