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XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS IN SA:WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

Two people were on Sunday reported dead and dozens arrested following fresh xenophobic attacks in South Africa’s Johannesburg city.

Local Eyewitness News reported that a group of men had raided the city’s central business district on Sunday morning, demanding that foreigners leave the area.

The city’s police chief David Tembe confirmed that two people had died from gun shot wounds and stabbing, adding that cars, buildings and businesses had been vandalised.

“I think this is pure criminality because some of the shops that were burned did not belong to the foreigners, it belonged to South Africans,’‘ Tembe said.

Bullet points of major incidents around the issue:

South Africa police operation to verify foreigners in Pretoria

Ghana confirms injury of three citizens, arrest of five others

Nigeria FM slams South African counterpart

Madagascar calls off friendly with South Africa

Air Tanzania suspends flights to South Africa

Anti-South Africa protests in DRC

Nigerian Airline to airlift citizens back home for free

South Africa says arrests at 289, death toll stands at 10

Kenya says two of its citizens were killed

South Africa must do more to stop xenophobia – Amnesty International

Nigeria issues South Africa Travel Advisory

Local airline, Air Peace, offers free evacuation of Nigerians

Nigeria pulls out of World Economic Forum on Africa, ongoing in Cape Town

Reprisal attacks were recorded in Lagos and Ibadan

Abuja issued statement calling for calm and restraint

Nigeria police beefs up security at SA-owned businesses

Regional body, Southern Africa Development Community, SADC; voices condemnation

Botswana issues South Africa travel advisory

MTN shuts all shops across Nigeria

Zambia shuts three South African malls

Zambia football body cancels match with SA

Source: Mkarimu Media and News Agencies

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