SA-Nigeria fallout ‘will have have dire consequences’

Captains of commerce and industry have warned of dire consequences for the continent as Africa’s two biggest economies intermittently fall out over violent attacks on foreigners in South Africa, especially on Nigerians. The xenophobic violence in Gauteng sparked a diplomatic fracas between the two countries. The strain was visible in[…]

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Foreigners wives to protest xenophobia

A group of women calling themselves the ‘Voices of the Foreigner’s Wives’ have called for urgent intervention in Grahamstown where xenophobia has reared its head. Almost 500 people have been directly affected by xenophobic attacks in Grahamstown. Men have been evacuated from the town for their safety while their wives[…]

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Attacks on foreigners sparked by desperation: Mayor

South Africans are not xenophobic towards foreign nationals, they are just frustrated by having to compete for access to resources, Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele says. “I am not sure whether South Africans are xenophobic or not,” he told News24. “In all these areas where foreigners are being beaten there are[…]

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Foreigners not targeted: Radebe

Parliament heard on Friday 42% of people arrested under Operation Fiela-Reclaim have been undocumented foreigners. This was despite the fact that this group constitute only 5% of the total population, researcher Adam Salmon told the newly constituted ad hoc joint committee probing violence against foreign nationals. Minister in the Presidency[…]

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SANCO denies charging protection fee for foreigners

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) has denied media reports stating it was demanding foreign nationals fork out a protection fee against xenophobia. The non-profit organisation has labelled these reports as a mistake. “This has come as a mistake. We are a non-profit organisation. It is there to protect[…]

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Foreigners legally need housing too: Sisulu

If South Africa is to heal itself of the long-term effects of xenophobia, it must find a way to ensure that those who are in the country legally have somewhere to live. Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu made the comment on Thursday at a news conference at Parliament before her budget[…]

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Foreign national trade union formed

In the wake of the recent xenophobic violence in several parts of the country, a number of foreign national groups have banded together for the formation of a new trade union. The South African United Foreigner Trade Union (SAUFTU) hopes to serve as a voice for the safety and welfare[…]

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Foreign national names to be released soon: presidency

The names of the foreign nationals killed in xenophobic violence in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng would be released as soon as there had been a conclusive positive identification of the victims, the presidency said on Monday. “The presidency has received media enquiries about the names of foreign nationals who[…]

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Zuma cheered and jeered as he speaks to foreigners

President Jacob Zuma was cheered and jeered as he attempted to calm xenophobic tensions during a quick whirlwind visit of a refugee camp in Durban. Zuma was cheered when he told the hundreds of refugees encamped on a sports field in the Westcliff area of Durban’s Chatsworth suburb that the[…]

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