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Facts behind SA xenophobic attacks
« on: April 15, 2015, 06:58:34 PM »

With South Africa, there is always an issue to
contend with, from apartheid to democracy and
now its xenophobia . Before 1994, foreigners faced
violence and discrimination especially from the
institutionalized racism from apartheid. At the end
of apartheid, we expected peace to reign and it
did, for a while until the xenophobic attacks
began to intensify rather than diminish. It became
a worrisome thought when it was recorded that
between 2000 and march of 2008, over 67 people
have been killed in xenophobic related attacks.
Then in May 2008, xenophobia rose up in a new
light and took a whole new look in attacks and
up-rises that left over 62 people dead.
After 2008, it looked like the issue of Xenophobia
died down. In 2009, reports emerged regarding a
possible resurgence of xenophobic related activity
and the organizing of attacks in the Western
Cape. Reports of threats and secret meetings by
local businessmen surfaced in Gugulethu,
Khayelitsha and Philippi, Cape Town. It was
quickly tackled and resolved.

In 2010, the press carried numerous articles
claiming that there would be massive planned
xenophobic violence at the end of the 2010
Football World Cup. However this did not
happen.2011 was quite until 2012 when there
were reports of new attacks in parts of Cape
Town and in Botshabelo in the Free State.
Since there has not been any serious case since
2008, one would think South Africans have
accepted the fact that they cannot be an island
on their own and that they would have to share
their land with other people but it seems that is
not the case as the latest round of xenophobic
violence in Durban has shown.
Two weeks ago, locals began attacking and
looting properties owned by fellow Africans,
calling them “kwerekwere” , (a derogatory word in
South Africa for African migrants). According to
reports, the South Africans say their anger is that
black migrants from other African countries are
taking all the jobs available to young men in their
country, leaving them, the citizens jobless, and
slowly taking over their economy.

As the Violence came to a peak on Tuesday,
hundreds were forced to flee their homes in what
authorities have been described as one of South
Africa’s worst outbreaks of xenophobic violence in
Most of the recent unrest occurred in and around
the coastal city of Durban, where police said two
foreigners and three South Africans were killed.
The dead included a 14-year-old boy who was
allegedly shot during looting on Monday night and
died at a hospital, police colonel Jay Naicker
said. Some 34 people have been arrested for
possession of unlicensed firearms and other
crimes in the last two days, he said.
The intense nature of this most recent attacks
was traced back to racist remarks made by King
Goodwill Zwelithini of Swaziland, in Pongola last
month, where he said that foreigners should leave
South Africa. Even though the king had denied
making such statements, it is not a hidden fact
that he made similar remarks quite recently when
the Rhodes statue debate was ongoing.
As at the early hour of Wednesday morning, after
the Police have used stun grenades, water
cannons and robber bullets to disperse the mob,
it was reported that the Xenophobia attack is
actually an Afrophobia attack since the number of
casualties did not include any white.
The President of the Nigerian Union in South
Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene , on Wednesday
urged the Federal Government to help halt the
xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in the country.
10 Nigerians are feared dead in the xenophobic
attacks in Johannesburg on Friday April 10th.
According to reports, 5 Gabonese, 10 Somalis and
5 Congolese students were also killed with some
of their bodies set ablaze during the attack. In the
attack in Durban and its surroundings, Over 100
Malawians are reportedly injured and other 14
missing people suspected to be dead.
Overnight, most foreigners in South Africa have
become refugees running for their lives and this
begs the question, ‘Can South Africa Survive as
an island to itself?’


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Re: Facts behind SA xenophobic attacks
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 08:00:05 PM »
They BrainDrained us, now they fight us! Ayehwa!!!


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Re: Facts behind SA xenophobic attacks
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2015, 06:31:55 AM »

ONE Zimbabwean died in escalating xenophobic
attacks in Durban, South Africa, as Government
yesterday set up an inter-ministerial team to
facilitate the immediate return of those displaced
by the attacks. Foreign Affairs Minister
Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said in a statement
yesterday that reports indicated that the attacks
were serious and close to 800 Zimbabweans had
been displaced and fled to a camp established in
Chatsworth, Durban.
“So far, it has been established that one
Zimbabwean has died,” he said.
“As a result of these reports, Government decided
that those Zimbabweans wishing to return home
be facilitated to do so immediately.
“An inter-ministerial team has been put together
at both ministerial and senior official level. The
team is expeditiously putting in place the logistics
as well as the resources necessary for this
exercise in close liaison with the Zimbabwean
Ambassador in South Africa and his staff.”
Minister Mumbengegwi said a number of
Zimbabweans had expressed their wish to return
home to embassy officials who visited Durban to
assess the situation and discovered that it was
This came as South African ambassador Mr Vusi
Mavimbela said in an interview yesterday that his
country lacked the capacity to deal with the flurry
of xenophobic attacks targeting foreigners.
“The police, really, to be honest, if this thing
spreads, the police don’t have the physical
capacity to be everywhere and to arrest
everybody who is involved,” he said.
“I know you watch South African TV you see
things like service delivery protests that happen,
flare up all the time in South Africa and the police
have never been able to contain it.
“This xenophobic thing that is happening in South
Africa you know if its spreading the police are
going to be spread thin all the time and they
can’t be at every informal settlement.”
Mr Mavimbela said the South African government
needed to come up with a holistic approach in
addressing socio-economic issues and
immigration laws to reduce the competition for
resources between South Africans and foreigners.
He spoke as the SA government warned
foreigners against retaliating.
Zimbabwean Ambassador to South Africa Mr
Isaac Moyo said in an interview yesterday that he
was yet to confirm reports of the deaths of two
Zimbabweans, among them a toddler.
He said over 2 000 foreigners, including
Zimbabweans had been displaced.
Mr Moyo said the embassy, with the assistance
of the host government, had started documenting
Zimbabweans affected by the attacks who are at
Chatsworth Camp in Durban.
“We met with South Africa’s Home Affairs
Minister, Mr Malusi Gigaba and the premier for
Kwazulu Natal Province to get an appreciation of
their plans to arrest the volatile situation and
assist the victims,” said Mr Moyo.
“We are very hopeful that a solution will be
arrived at soon.”
Mr Moyo said the embassy was encountering
challenges in cases where undocumented South
African women were insisting on travelling to
Zimbabwe with their husbands.
He said about 10 undocumented South African
women were insisting on travelling with their
husbands, while 120 Zimbabweans had left their
properties under the attack of South Africans.
Mr Moyo said the situation was dire in Durban
given the cold weather persisting there and the
absence of adequate tents to house the displaced
The Durban violence outbreak follows similar
violence in Soweto where foreign shops were
looted and foreigners displaced three weeks ago.
The attacks started after Zulu king Goodwill
Zwelithini said in a public speech that foreigners
in South Africa should return to their countries
and the remarks were widely viewed as having
sparked the xenophobic attacks.
In 2008, in the worst violence to date against
foreigners, over a dozen people were killed —
some burnt alive through neck-lacing, a barbaric,
painful slow-killing method in which a burning
tyre, filled with petrol, is placed around one’s
At the time, the then South African president
Mbeki, horrified by the violence, said South
Africans’ heads were “bowed in shame.”


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Re: Facts behind SA xenophobic attacks
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2015, 06:32:46 AM »
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