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South African Government "Addressing" Attacks On Foreign Nationals

South African Government

The South African government has said it has started addressing attacks on foreign nationals resident in that country by a group of locals that launched an anti-foreigner campaign it calls Operation Dudula.

The campaign has seen non-South Africans, including Zimbabweans, being forced out of their businesses and the attacks intensified over the weekend as dozens of people were chased away in a number of areas including Johannesburg.

Those behind the campaign blame foreign nationals for the rising unemployment rate, and levels of crime.

The campaign has resulted in Zimbabweans living in fear in the neighbouring country.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Naledi Pandor’s spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said the matter was being dealt with. He said:

This issue has got nothing to do with Dirco (Department of International Relations and Cooperation) and it is being dealt with by the police because it is against the South African laws for anyone to be harassing businesses.

The issue of checking permits is a government role through a department of labour and employment in South Africa.

It’s not done by individuals; hence it is being dealt with.

Zimbabwe Consul-General to Johannesburg Mrs Melody Chaurura said they had engaged responsible authorities in South Africa to ensure the safety of Zimbabweans.

Chaurura added that police intervened and stopped the attacks and there were no new reports of harassment or anyone who has been injured.

She said they will continue engaging responsible authorities to ensure the safety of Zimbabwean citizens.

More: The Chronicle

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9 Comments

Maravaza 7 months ago

Foreigners are earning an honest living, but are pushed into crime by these overzealous South Africans. You burn up my spaza, my only means of earning a living and you expect me to smile back.


Madzibaba Lancelot 7 months ago

What's a Spaza

I'm boosure it won't work 7 months ago

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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 7 months ago

THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE FOLLOWED UP THIS STORY FROM ITS BEGINNING MAY REMEMBER THAT I QUESTIONED WHY ZIMBABWE EMBASSY IN SOUTH AFRICA KEPT MUM BECAUSE I KNEW THAT IT IS OUR GOVERNMENT'S REPRESENTITIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA.

A FEW DAYS LATER ZIMBABWE EMBASSY IN SOUTH AFRICA GOT IN TOUCH WITH SOUTH AFRICA GOVERNMENT WHO PROMISED TO LOOK INTO THE ISSUE.

NOW WE HAVE PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA COMMENTING FAVOURABLY THAT INDIVIDUAL SOUTH AFRICANS HAVE NO RIGHT TO CONTINUE HARASSING FOREIGNERS BY DEMANDING THEIR LICENCES. IT WAS THE DUTY OF THE AUTHORITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA.

THOSE SOUTH AFRICANS WHO HAVE EARS MUST HAVE HEARD FROM PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA MBUNE. ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA MUST SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY SOUTH AFRICA TO APPLY FOR PERMISSION TO CONTINUE LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA.

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Mboko 7 months ago

Ngavadzoke zim vazo vhota.. Ndiwo mamwe ma zanu pf anoswero tambura joni..achiti zanu zanu yakanak..ngavadzingwe vadzoke..vazogara kuno vachi**** zvimvana zvisina mattinji...zvisingagezi zvezim.


,,, 7 months ago

Mboko **** **** vako wanzwa

Munya 7 months ago

Imi rasta murigaro haugone kuita hunhu nei

Gogodera 7 months ago

Inga kuno vanogara zvakanaka mazulu haarohwe nemazim


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Black Jack 7 months ago

Ma ZIMBO must come back to Zimbabwe to vote ZANU PF OUT. Ndiyo yakaita kuti mutize Zimbabwe for a better future. Now come back and vote ZANU PF OUT OF Government. Zvimwe zbinhu zvingaite better.



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