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XENOPHOBIA: More shops looted in overnight attacks by South Africans



XENOPHOBIA: More shops looted in overnight attacks by South Africans

Violent anti-immigrant demonstrations in the streets of South Africa continued overnight in Johannesburg with police confirming that no less than a 100 people ransacked shops and carted away valuables.

Confirming and commenting on the development, police spokesman Brig. Mathapelo Peters said; “We are following up on leads and we are expecting to make more arrests”.

Continuing, Brig. Peters added that she did not know the nationalities of the shopkeepers and police were waiting for owners to come forward, so that they could open cases of violence and damage to property.

Read also: XENOPHOBIA: Nigeria’s minister Dabiri-Erewa says S’African minister’s response irresponsible

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Friday acknowledged violence had flared up against foreigners this year, saying that “unfortunately, xenophobic violence is not new in South Africa.”

The fresh attacks is coming after Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, described as irresponsible, the response of South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, on the xenophobic attacks in his country.

Mr Gigaba at a briefing had blamed businesses in South Africa for the rising tension between immigrants and nationals, insinuating that the immigrants were taking the jobs of nationals.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa noted that such response to the killing of 116 Nigerians in xenophobic attacks by his fellow countrymen is unfortunate coming from a minister.

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