31 March 2019

South Africa Hit By Fresh Wave of Xenophobic Attacks

A fresh wave of xenophobic attacks has been reported in parts of Durban in South Africa.

Since Monday, some natives have been targeting foreigners who they are accusing of taking their jobs and being behind the country's high rate of unemployment and poverty.

This development has attracted the anger of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who has termed the attacks as 'unacceptable'.

President Ramaphosa said the attacks were a sign of intolerance and partly ingratitude for the role that other African countries played directly and indirectly in the long struggle against the apartheid regime.

Xenophobia has no place in our democracy and we must do everything to root it out. pic.twitter.com/LA3rW5VHaW

-- President Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) March 29, 2019

LOOTING

"I condemn them in the strongest terms because this is not us," Ramaphosa said to applause while speaking at a presidential fundraising event on Friday.

At Kernville in Durban, locals started looting foreign-owned businesses on Monday.

Several foreigners are reported to have died since Monday as a result of these attacks while other have been holed up in their houses for fear of the attacks.

"They knocked on my door and I didn't answer. I cant even go out to pee, I'm using a bucket," one victim explained.

KILLINGS

This is the first time this year that such attacks are being reported in one of Africa's most developed nations.

In the past during such incidents, foreigners have been killed with their business and properties looted and burnt down.

In May 2008, a series of xenophobic attacks left 62 people dead, although 21 of those killed were South African citizens.

In 2015, another nationwide spike in xenophobic attacks against immigrants, in general, prompted a number of foreign governments to begin repatriating their citizens.

The attacks have also been roundly condemned on social media.

"We cannot allow foreigners, even legal foreigners, to do small businesses in South Africa,

South African mp#Xenophobia pic.twitter.com/akkRc8bXsZ

-- The Mnur Feruz (@Mnurferuz) March 31, 2019

#CAF was right to deny South Africa the hosting rights for the #AFCON2019. Some of us were never going to travel to this #xenophobic country anyway. #SouthAfrica has bid for 2023 Netball World Cup. With rampant #Xenophobia , they should be denied the hosting rights.

-- Saddique Shaban (@SaddiqueShaban) March 31, 2019

It's sad that a class 4 drop out in South Africa thinks a doctor from Zimbabwe,Kenya & other African countries is the reason for his/her unemployment.The youths are hopeless.Stop #Xenophobia

-- Elvin Mangeni (@ElvinSons) March 31, 2019

I wanted to take a holiday to South Africa but seeing this #Xenophobia I have changed my mind. I will never understand racism xenophobia and other types of hate. Am out.

-- Jese Itotiano (@ItotianoJese) March 31, 2019

Additional reporting by David Kwalimwa

South Africa

Troop Deployment to Cape Townships Vague, for 'Element of Surprise'

Although the army will be deployed to violence-plagued communities on the Cape Flats, the precise details of when they… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Nairobi News

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.