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