SOUTH AFRICA : Stop the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.
Attacks on foreigners and foreign-owned businesses are once again increasing in South Africa. Dozens were killed in similar waves of xenophobia in 2008 and 2015. Violence erupted in South Africa’s three major cities. Dozens of homes and businesses were looted, damaged and torched earlier this week in Pretoria. The attacks followed vigilante violence in Johannesburg, where residents assaulted Nigerians and burnt their homes, accusing the Nigerians of selling drugs and prostitution.
Earlier this month, three Somalis were killed in Cape Town in one day. Many blame the latest round of xenophobic violence on Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, who told South Africa’s public broadcaster that law enforcement has been undermined by the government’s failure to secure the border.
YARPTI is calling on the South African government to stop the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. South African government must live up to its responsibilities and take all necessary steps to stop the ongoing xenophobic attacks and put in place policies and structures to prevent a recurrence.