The expansion of xenophobia in South Africa

The expansion of xenophobia in South Africa

Many shops of immigrants were set afire and robbed last night in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new wave of violence against immigrant shops started recently in SA despite the peace rally against violence in Durban.

Many shops of immigrants were set afire and robbed last night in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The new wave of violence against immigrant shops started recently in SA despite the peace rally against violence in Durban. The participants went out on streets accusing foreigners that moved in South Africa of committing crimes and taking their work places. According to government of South Africa, almost quarter of people in the country are unemployed. Meanwhile, some of the terrified foreigners are leaving the country and thousands found shelter at police stations.

Rallies in Durban

Rallies in Durban

“All of us, who cherish peace should stand up and judge this. Today we can’t say that we want to live in isolation, while all the rest of the world is globalizing” – said Kedany Mahlanhu, the current governor of the Gauteng province.

March against xenophobia in Durban

March against xenophobia in Durban

“Immigrants are influencing positively on the SA-economy and only some of the foreign nationals have been arrested for crimes, and it’s wrong to mark all the foreign nationals as enemies and blame them for all the crimes in the country” – said the president of the SA, Jacob Zuma.

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

“People are on the limit of their moral power,  they want normal living, they want to have water, food, electricity, jobs. They are using immigrants as scapegoats, and this will continue unless government will do something about the situation in the country” – said Jean-Pierre Lukamba, a Congo immigrant.

Despite Zuma’s appealing for peace and condemning the attacks, the compulsion disseminated from Durban to Johannesburg. “No disappointment can justify the attacks on foreigners and pillaging their shops. These attacks are against all principles of South Africa, especially the one that declares the respect for human life. I have ordered the police to work 24/7 to protect innocent citizens and foreigners” – added Zuma.

Previously, Johannesburg was the center of frictions between locals and immigrants. At least 62 people died and more than 200 were arrested in SA because of such attacks. Most of the victims were immigrants from Zimbabwe that immigrated from repression and poor economic in the country.

Also, one of the biggest SA trade unions called it’s members to start the strike against low salaries. National union of South African metal workers informed that more than 200,000 people are ready to take part in this strike that is being planned to be held in six cities. This strike is expected to become another huge negative influence on the country’s economy, that has outlived a 5-month strike on the platinum mines.

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