Friday, 17 April 2015

South Africa: Fear Grips Foreigners in Johannesburg

Lord help this the Africa Kwame nkrumah envisaged. Did we not use our hard earned money to support their freedom and independence so that we could unite and be one. What a shame. I hope that these South Africans doing this realize that their citizens are also foreign nationals in other countries. It is indeed a very sad moment for Africa. President Zuma yes! not all south Africans are xenophobic but this situation could have been better managed if you paid more attention to the plight of the indigenous South Africans who are doing all of this because of the hardship they are going through and think that foreigners have taken over their jobs. a lesson to all African leaders. stop stealing our money and enriching yourselves and rather raise the standard of living of the suffering masses in your countries. Story from Al Jazeera Twelve people have been arrested, with anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa spreading to parts of Johannesburg's commercial hub, according to South African police. Police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of South Africans in the city's Jeppestown area on Friday. A crowd of South Africans carrying hammers and axes gathered near the city centre, chanting "Foreigners must leave." The arrests, made overnight, came as groups of South Africans who had gathered in Jeppestown and Cleveland blocked roads with rocks and burning tyres and then ordered foreigners to leave the country, police said. Jeppestown and Cleveland are neighbourhoods adjoining the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD). A number of shops in the CBD were reported to have been looted and vandalised, further escalating tensions between foreigners and South Africans in Johanneburg. Police said the suspects were trying to break into shops owned by foreigners. Colonel Dlamini, police spokesperson, told Al Jazeera calm had been restored, but refused to reveal whether police had received credible reports of further threats of violence against foreigners in the city. Violence targeting immigrants started earlier in April in the port city of Durban, claiming the lives of six people so far. Rumours circulating Rumours of imminent attacks on foreigners have continued to affect foreign nationals in Johannesburg. Ahmed Fifa, a 35-year-old shop owner in the Ramaphosa settlement east of Johannesburg, said foreign nationals were warned by locals to vacate the area on Thursday night. "One of the community leaders came to us and told us to move all our stuff and save our lives," he said. According to Fifa, the South Africans in Ramaphosa are divided between those who seek to protect foreigners and those intent on violently driving foreigners out. "I can't go back until the situation remains stable," Fifa said. "I have seen the pictures of what happened in Durban and I need to save my life. "The only problem we have here is the xenophobia." In Durban, where six people have been killed in the last two weeks of violence against immigrants, police spokesperson Jay Naicker a fragile calm had been maintained on Friday. "Overnight we had no reported incidents and it has been calm," Naicker said, adding that the police had not received reports of further threats against immigrants in coastal city. He said foreigners would still not be re-integrated into the affected communities. "The area is still tense and the police and security deployment will remain for a while," Naicker said. Amir Sheikh, the chairperson of the Somali Community Board based in Johannesburg said the violence in Durban has inflamed tensions between South Africans and foreigners. "Some of our members have been harassed in Johannesburg following the violence in Durban." Late on Thursday a widely disseminated text message claimed that "a train of Zulus" had departed for Johannesburg. "These men are armed and they are going to be killing any foreigner they meet tomorrow." The source of these messages remains unclear, but their proliferation has sowed panic and confusion among migrant communities. "Our members have been unable to go about their day-to-day businesses because each time they open their businesses, a new message is received saying members of a certain ethnic group are gathering to attack them," Sheikh said. While these rumours have so far, proven to be false, its effects have already been felt. Foreign owned stores around Johannesburg have been closed for at least two days already. "The unfounded rumours have caused more damage to our members than anything else," Sheikh said. On Thursday South African President Jacob Zuma and leaders of the opposition in parliament spoke out against the violence against foreign nationals. Zuma said that the majority of South Africans were not xenophobic. "We reiterate our view that South Africans are generally not xenophobic," he said. "If they were, we would not have such a high number of foreign nationals who have been successfully integrated into communities all over our country, in towns, cities and villages." This story from Al Jazeera was supplied to AllAfrica under an agreement with the African Media Agency.

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Disappointed about what is happening in South Africa....the xenophobic attitude and the gruesome attack and murder is just simply shocking!!!!. What is happening in Africa! have some of these countries forgotten how these same people coming from other countries came to their aid in the darkest periods? They contributed massively to their freedom and independence. I am indeed very saddened Source: Rainbow Radio 87.5fm An appeal has been made to the Government of Ghana headed by his Excellency President John Dramani Mahama to as a matter of urgency evacuate the thousands of Ghanaians domiciled in South Africa. Some members of the Ghanaian Community in that Country who expressed fear and frustration said their lives are in danger due to attacks by locals. The International media has since Monday reported of xenophobic attacks by some youth of South Africa on other African Nationals in some parts of the country. The reason for theattacks is that foriegners seeking greener pastures have taken over their jobs. Speaking to Kwame Tutu, breakfast show host of Rainbow Radio 87.5fm from Johannesburg, a number of Ghanaians who said they have gathered and locked themselves up in one house, made a passionate appeal to the government to help get them out of the country. Asked if they have tried contacting the Ghana High Commission in South Africa, the Ghanaians caught in the troubles said little is done by the Commission to support Ghanaians who find themselves in any kind of trouble. Heart wrenching photos and videos of the attacks are trending on various social media platforms.

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