Xenophobic Attacks: South African Government Promises To Prosecute Culprits


The South African government has promised to deal with those behind the recent looting of businesses, and xenophobic attacks on African immigrants.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, says 300 people are already being questioned for their roles, and if found guilty, the strength of the law will come down hard on them.

Channels Television correspondent in South Africa, Betty Dibia, who was at the press briefing on Sunday, also reports the South African President Jacob Zuma has cancelled a planned state visit to Indonesia in order to attend to the lingering domestic situation in the country.

He visited some of the camps for displaced victims in Kwazulu-Natal province on Sunday afternoon where he commiserated with them.

There is expected to be a big townhall meeting on Monday in the province where the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, will host other traditional rulers and government official to discuss the situation.

A Nigerian mechanic’s workshop was among other foreign owned businesses affected by the violence.

The strong approach by the South African government is expected to help curtail the xenophobic attacks spreading across the country.

On Thursday, Nigerian lawmakers advised the Presidency to recall the High Commissioner to South Africa to discuss the situation and take swift action to save Nigerians in the KwaZulu-Natal Province that has seen days of protest against foreigners and xenophobic attacks.

On Friday, South Africa’s High Commissioner in Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, told Channels Television that the South African government was having talks with traditional, religious and community leaders to see how they could address the issues from the root.


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