Africa: Anger At Xenophobic Attacks Spreads Across Africa As SA-Owned Firms Are Targeted

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Several South African chain stores have shuttered their operations as protests against xenophobic attacks grow in the rest of Africa, and official continental criticism of South Africa mounts.

The backlash across Africa to xenophobic violence against Africans in South Africa is spreading and becoming more violent.

In retaliatory strikes, South African-owned chain stores and trucks have been targeted in other African countries, including Nigeria, Zambia and Mozambique. Meanwhile, the African Union and foreign governments have issued strong formal protests to Pretoria. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced he was sending a special envoy to express his concerns directly to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The presidents of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Malawi are widely reported as having pulled out of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa summit in Cape Town this week in protest against xenophobic violence. But the governments of Rwanda and DRC, the WEF organisers and the South African government have all denied this was the reason for their absence.

Several South African companies with extensive African operations have temporarily shut their operations after retaliatory attacks by foreigners.

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