Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

South Africa killings: Enough is enough, FG declares

South Africa killings: Enough is enough, FG declares

By A Correspondent- The Zimbabwe Cross Borders Transport Association has issued a counter-statement in response to South Africans' Xenophobic threats.

Minister of police Bheki Cele said "he will sit down with the ring leaders tomorrow so as to try and find out a solution".

"These incidents are due to a failing economy in which more than 10 million South Africans can not find work", said the Democratic Alliance (DA) opposition party in response to the violence.

Describing the attacks as sickening, Nigeria's foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama said South African police protection for Nigerian businesses has been "ineffective". "While at the scene, a group of criminals then took advantage of the situation and started attacking nearby shops", he said.

THE government is anxious about the safety of Zimbabweans in South Africa following threats of fresh xenophobic attacks by some nationals of that country.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat

At least 41 people were arrested after hundreds of people marched through Johannesburg's Central Business District (CBD), plundering shops and torching cars and buildings, the police said in a statement.

Dabiri-Erewa on her verified twitter handle, @abikedabiri, had tweeted that while she could not verify most of the videos of the attacks, the decisions that needed to be taken could only be taken at the ministerial level.

According to the official, the local media wrongly reported the fracas between taxi drivers and drug dealers which led to the attacks on foreigners by a mob. In March, three people died during protests that targeted foreign-owned shops in Durban.

The latest population census in 2011 shows that numbers surged in the previous decade, with almost half of worldwide migrants having moved to South Africa between 2005 and 2010. Last week an unidentified Zulu man spoke on the American based radio station Voice of America, and confirmed that today would result in a national shutdown which would see "foreigners" being sent back to their home countries.

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), which has over 200,000 members, also distanced itself from the violence. "We are hungry and angry", Zungu told AFP.

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One Midland police officer and one state law enforcement official were in surgery for non-life-threatening injuries, he said. A spokesman for the Medical Center Hospital in Odessa said it took in 14 victims, but that it was too soon to give details.


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