All Xenophobic Attacks News: #SayNoToXenophobia #SAShutdown

All Xenophobic Attacks News: #SayNoToXenophobia #SAShutdown: Prior to 1994, immigrants from elsewhere faced discrimination and even violence in South Africa. After majority rule in 1994, contrary to expectations, the incidence of xenophobia increased. Between 2000 and March 2008, at least 67 people died in what were identified as xenophobic attacks. In May 2008, a series of attacks left 62 people dead; although 21 of those killed were South African citizens. The attacks were otivated by xenophobia.
All Xenophobic Attacks News: #SayNoToXenophobia #SAShutdown

In 2015, another nationwide spike in xenophobic attacks against immigrants in general prompted a number of foreign governments to begin repatriating their citizens. A Pew Research poll conducted in 2018 showed that 62% of South Africans viewed immigrants as a burden on society by taking jobs and social benefits and that 61% of South Africans thought that immigrants were more responsible for crime than other groups. Between 2010 and 2017 the immigrant community in South Africa increased from 2 million people to 4 million people.

Nigeria summons S.African envoy over 'deep concern' for xenophobic attacks

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's government on Tuesday summoned South Africa's envoy and said it would dispatch a delegation to Pretoria to express "deep concern" over attacks on Nigerians in a wave of xenophobic violence.

The decision came after mobs descended on business hubs and townships in various parts of South Africa, looting dozens of shops and torching trucks driven by foreigners in an outburst of anti-migrant anger.

'Pure criminality': 5 killed in attacks on foreigners in S Africa

Five people have been killed in xenophobic attacks in South Africa, police said, as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down on what he described as "acts of wanton violence" and the African Union and Nigeria sounded the alarm. 

Police fired rubber bullets and arrested 189 people in the township of Alexandra on Tuesday, a day after clashing with looters who local media said targeted foreign-owned businesses in several parts of the city. 

The Take It Back Movement has condemned the attack on Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa.

The group called for a partnership between Nigeria and South African authorities to end the killings.

Blaming the South African Government and security agencies for not doing enough to curb the killing of Nigerians and destruction of their investments, also said that the Nigerian Government must be held accountable for the situation.

The movement, in a statement by its Director of Media and Communications, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, said the situation was totally unacceptable.

The statement reads, “The Take It Back Movement has watched with growing concern as the lives, livelihoods, and property of Nigerians in South Africa have, once again, become targets of violent, xenophobic attacks.

“The South African Government and security agents have stood in silent complicity with these atrocities, and in some cases, facilitated it.

A police van was set ablaze by an angry mob that had stormed the mall.

A video posted on Twitter and confirmed by some residents showed a body on the floor as gunshots rent the air.

Another video showed a police van burning.

A third clip filmed by a motorist showed a man masked with a handkerchief wielding a cutlass.

“What is happening? Why are all these boys doing like this? Are they fighting the police or Shoprite?” the motorist said.

The Lagos State Police Command has reacted to the attempted attacks on Shoprite and other South African businesses in different parts of the state.

The police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, told The PUNCH that the police had beefed up security, adding that there was no cause for alarm.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations, Surajudeen Basiru, has cautioned Nigerians against reprisal attacks on South Africans and their investments in Nigeria.

Mr Basiru, who is representing Osun Central Senatorial District at the Senate, warned that reprisal attack on South Africans and their investments in Nigeria could lead to a diplomatic row between the two countries.

He gave the warning just as he stated that the Nigerian government and the commission are doing their best to arrest the ugly trend of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

This was in retaliation to a fresh attack launched against Nigerians in South Africa yesterday. Recall that South Africans have been killing and maltreating foreigners especially Nigerians living in their country. 

The Nigerian government has made two major demands from South Africa in the aftermath of xenophobic attacks in the country.

The businesses of many Nigerians in South Africa have been destroyed, looted or burnt in the past week since xenophobic attacks resumed in the country against foreign nationals.

Before the latest incident, many Nigerians have also been killed in suspected xenophobic attacks by South Africans.


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