South Africa seeks support to defeat xenophobic attacks

President Jacob Zuma

South Africa on Friday in Pretoria sought diplomatic support from countries across the continent to tackle the ongoing anti-immigrant violence in the country.

This was as a result of series of complaints by foreign nationals that the South African police are failing to protect them.

They said the crisis was stirring hostility to South Africans working abroad.

South African Foreign Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told a reporter after the African diplomatic meeting in Pretoria, that there was urgent need to nip the crisis in the bud.

“We believe that working together we can defeat this demon,” she said.

Malawian Information Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, said on Friday that the country has hired buses to repatriate 500 of its nationals from South Africa.

He urged South Africa to provide greater protection for immigrants, echoing demands from China and the African Union.

Kenya and some other African governments have also offered to evacuate any of their citizens who feel threatened.

Chadian Ambassador, Mahamoud Adam-Bachir, said the Pretoria meeting had helped to alleviate some safety concerns.

“It went better than expected, we were assured of the security of our nationals,” he said.

The Foreign Ministry of China, a major trade partner of South Africa, said Chinese-run shops had been damaged in Johannesburg.

The Chinese consulate said it has lodged a protest with the police and asked that they ensure the safety of Chinese people.

Meanwhile, Petrochemicals group Sasol, said it would repatriate 340 South Africans working in Mozambique after local employees at one of its gas projects protested about their presence.

An industry source said Mozambican employees at a sub-contractor for mining group Vale had become “hostile” to South Africans working on the Moatize project in that country but there had been no violence.

The police said at the Ressano Garcia, the border post between South Africa and Mozambique was closed after more than 200 Mozambicans barricaded a road approaching the crossing.

The police said the traffic was later resumed after they dispersed the protesters.

South Africa, with a population of about 50 million, was home to an estimated five million immigrants, from countries including Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, and from further afield, including China and Pakistan.

Many own shops or sell wares as informal hawkers on street corners or in markets.

Periodic outbreaks of anti-immigrant violence have been blamed on high unemployment, officially around 25 per cent although economists say in reality much higher, widespread poverty and glaring income disparities.

(Reuters/NAN)


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  • blueeyedkitten

    The Boers should have been allowed to kill all this bloody savages.

    • Larry4gudgovernment

      BASTARD, COWARD, BARBARIANS IS YOUR NAMES. YOU WILL ROTTEN IN HELL FOR KILLING INNOCENT FOREIGNERS. WE FOUGHT ALONG YOU TO GET YOUR FREEDOM YOU BUNCH OF INGRATES. YOU WILL ALL DIE MISERABLY SOON.

      • blueeyedkitten

        What an illiterate!! you should have atleast, find out the meaning of Boers before coming here to display your stupidity. wawa kawai!!!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The average Zulu is an unrepentant savage . We gave our money and blood for these animals .

    • TWINKEK IMMUNEKO

      So also are the average Yorubas with their Oba wishing to sacrifice hardworking & enterprising Igbos all becos of satanic jealousy. Very irritating. Backwardness!

  • Ade

    This is the effect of gov’t failure: Vocational courses to enable those youths to acquire the required skills to earn living would have been a great help. The South Africa gov’t should look inward to engage the jobless youths. And to the youths , Immigrants are not your problems, your gov’t is your enemy. Most of the African countries were part of your history, I remember when I was in high school in Nigeria, we were asked to write apartheid. Nigeria gov’t spent time and money on Apartheid.

  • Uloma

    The Yoruba people of Lagoon state in Nigeria are more Xenophobic than South Africans. In fact, the Yoruba are Zenophobically Xenophobic. From the mid night deportation of Igbos to refusal of land lords to rent out their houses to Igbos, to the crude declarative threat by the Oba of Lagoon. Etc etc etc

    Oba of Lagoon needs more help than the Zulu King….The Yorubas need more help than South Africans but with their alignment with traditional terrorists, their case becomes hopeless.

    • TC

      Why are you seeking cheap attention, this is not about you. Have some empathy you bitchified Nincompoop….mumu

    • bigbang

      Shut up, have Yoruba people attacked ibos?

  • bigbang

    Federal government, do we have a naval vessel or plane standing by to evacuate Nigerians?

  • Interrogator

    DON’T WORRY YOURSELF ABOUT XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA.
    IT IS TEMPORARY AND CAN BE SOLVED IN NO TIME – AS ZUMA DOES.
    WHAT CANNOT BE SOLVED IN ANY GIVEN TIME AT ALL IS THE KEY
    QUESTION OF ‘ELIGIBILITY’ AT SECTION 137 [J] OF NIGERIA’S 1999
    CONSTITUTION WHICH MAKES YOUR DIS-QUALIFICATION OBLIGATORY
    UNLESS YOU QUICKLY DO THE FOLLOWING BEFORE OR BY 22ND MAY:

    • raphael okwuoma

      @Interrogator,

      Why too much ado about Muhammadu Buhari’s Wasc/Cambridge certificate case?
      Anyone who can read or write can see that Buhari stands dis-qualified for submitting
      a false statement in a required affidavit he submitted to INEC by falsely stating there
      that he sat for and obtained a Wasc/Cambridge certificate in the year 1961. The body
      which conducted the examination – WAEC – is reported in newspapers to have issued an
      official statement that no MUHAMADU BUHARI ever sat for WASC exam in the year 1961
      or did any BUHARI MUHAMMADU or MUHAMMED BUHAR or BUHAR MOHAMMED ever
      take the Wasc examination. So what is all this repetitive question you post here for?

      Can Buhari show ever show a certificate he does not have? He has lied and must face
      the consequence. The Constitution says Buhari shall stand dis-qualified from the 2015
      presidential election. So must it be – because the 1999 Constitution is supreme over all
      the Judges of the courts. We are not actually as retarded in Nigeria as you may believe.
      We can think by ourselves. We know Buhari is dis-qualified. We know his 15.4million votes
      are therefore null and void. So, please stop posting this question to annoy us here!