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Malawians Concerned Over Protests

Written by  Written By Staff Reporter Feb 24, 2017

Concern is growing among people with relations in South Africa, following reports of protests against foreign nationals in that country.

Foreign missions in the country have been issuing warnings to people from their countries, urging them to keep safe in light of the protests.

Citizens of South Africa have organised what they dub as Foreigner March because they believe the foreigners are responsible for criminal activities in the country.

They also accuse them of stealing their jobs.

 

The Malawi mission in Pretoria is still on the ground in that country to ensure safety of Malawi nationals amidst the protests.

A reporter from the eNCA, Lirandzu Themba who is in Atteridgeville, West of Pretoria, reported that she had seen foreign nationals running for their lives.

They were also being told to leave the country and go back to their homeland.

This is an indication that the protests may not be as peaceful as they earlier set out to be.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba is appealing to citizens not to blame foreign Nationals for all criminal activities in the country.

Earlier in the week angry mob looted shops belonging to Somalis, Pakistanis and other migrants in townships around Pretoria and parts of south Johannesburg.

President Jacob Zuma has strongly condemned the acts of violence and intimidation. 

In a statement Zuma said he would be championing the fight against crime to promote safer and more stable communities. 

The president also condemned the incitement of xenophobia on social media platforms. He said “the threats and counter-threats on social media must stop. All must exercise restraint, respect the laws of the land". 

With a population of about 50 million, the Southern African nation is  home to an estimated 5 million immigrants.

 

The rainbow Nation experienced its worst outbreak of violence against foreigners in 2008, when more than 60 people died.

 

Last modified on Friday, 24 February 2017 11:06

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