Ghanaians rescued as SA Xenophobic attacks worsen

Even for those who violate the laws of the country, they should be subjected to the rule of the law instead of some persons resorting to jungle justice like some South Africans have been doing against Nigerians and other foreigners. Others reportedly looted shops that are owned by foreign nationals.

- Fresh round of xenophobic attacks erupts in South Africa.

The South African President said it is wrong to brandish all non-nationals as drug dealers or human traffickers stressing that the threats and counter-threats on social media must stop.

There is growing tension in Pretoria as locals have charged against foreigners claiming they had taken over their jobs and left them unemployed.

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"Violence has no place in our country, where we strive to promote peaceful coexistence between all those who reside within our borders", said Zizi Kodwa, a spokesman for South Africa's ruling African National Congress party. The violence underscores the fragile relationship between Africa's political and economic powerhouses.

The main group behind the Pretoria protests, Mamelodi Concerned Residents, has blamed foreign nationals for taking jobs and accused them of being involved in prostitution rings and drug cartels, accusations denied by immigrant communities.

The pan-African parliament, which is the legislative arm of the African Union now has its headquarters in Midrand, South Africa.

Citizens of South Africa have organised what they dub as Foreign March because they believe the foreigners are responsible for criminal activities in the country. It was unclear how many of those in custody were South Africans and how many foreigners.

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SERAP urged the SADC to work with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations to consider the possibility of regional sanctions against South Africa for its failure to address the root causes of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals.

At least, 18 Ghanaians have been rescued by Ghana's High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa following the xenophobic attacks on immigrants there. "No destruction of property, no burning and barricading of roads, violence or killing of people would ever be tolerated and the law will take its course", he said. In December, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba made some reckless public statements blaming illegal immigrants for crime and calling on them to leave the city.

"I think we love using phrases in South Africa that at the time cause unnecessary perceptions about us".

"All the Nigerian government can do is to express concern and displeasure - which is what it's doing", Stephen Chan, worldwide politics of southern Africa professor at University of London's School of African and Oriental Studies, told IBTimes UK.

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South Africa's Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, spoke tough against Nigeria's call and said that such issues were better discussed at the diplomatic level.


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