Zuma condemns xenophobic attacks

Zuma condemns xenophobic attacks

Zuma condemns xenophobic attacks

Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in South Africa's capital, while President Jacob Zuma condemned anti-foreigner violence and appealed for calm.

Reports say the Nigerian government summoned the South African envoy to explain the xenophobic attacks.

A South African government source described the attack as serious. "Security men were around but unable to curtail the protesters, who forced the gates open and entered the office", said one witness, adding that students and petty criminals appeared to be among the mob.

If "the fierce competition for limited resources, public services and economic opportunities between foreigners and the unemployed poor in South Africa" is not addressed, the risk of xenophobic attacks will continue, Gabuza said.

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The lawmakers also urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to recall the country's ambassador to South Africa ahead of a major anti-Nigerians rally planned for Friday. South Africa's 2011 census found this figure to be 26,341.

"We also want to warn foreign nationals to live and operate within our laws and know that they will be brought to book if they commit any crime within the Republic".

He suggested the need for other measures such as the relocation of the Pan African Parliament from South Africa to another country.

A spokesman for MTN, the biggest South African company active in Nigeria, said protesters stormed the regional head office, vandalising equipment, attacking customers and stealing some of their phones. Xenophobia has been defined as "fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is unusual or foreign".

They were opposed to immigrants operating transport businesses with tuk tuks and other methods.

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"Unfortunately, xenophobic violence is not new in South Africa", Gigaba said.

"The commission reiterates that an attack under the guise of crime prevention, aimed at a particular vulnerable group on the basis of their birth outside of South Africa is an infringement of the rights within our Constitution", said the SAHRC.

He urged the federal government to persuade the South African government to protect Nigerians.

Authorities must ensure adequate protection for all refugees and migrants living in South Africa, amid the current protests in Pretoria and the escalating xenophobic tension and attacks in different parts of Gauteng Province, Amnesty International said today.

"The Rosettenville unrest is replicating in Pretoria West", the African Diaspora Forum said in a statement last week.

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