3 Ghanaians injured in SA xenophobic attacks
Three Ghanaians have reportedly been injured in South Africa’s renewed xenophobic attacks.
The attacks on foreign nationals started on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
According to a release from the Foreign Ministry in Accra, the Ghana Mission in Pretoria, South Africa, has recorded three injuries.
It said the Mission is ensuring that the injured Ghanaians receive the necessary medical attention.
The statement added that “our Mission further reports that on 5th September 2019, the South African Security Agencies commenced an exercise to check the resident permits of foreigners residing in Sunnyside, a suburb of Pretoria.”
Delving into the possible causes of the violence, which goes beyond 2008, the Deputy High Commissioner said it was also not factual that only foreign-owned shops that were attacked, saying that even before 1994 when South Africans owned retail shops, whenever there was a civil disorder, the shops were looted.
Mr Madumane said after independence in 1994, the retail sector was opened up and South Africans had to compete with others with superior marketing skills, thereby changing the patterns of ownership of the shops, now dominated by foreigners.
“It is not necessarily targeted at foreigners. Recently, when shops were attacked, there was no choosing; South African shops were looted, Pep, Shoprite…,” he added.
Meanwhile, there are reprisal attacks in Nigeria in protest against the attacks on foreigners, including Nigerians, in South Africa.
The South African High Commission in Nigeria has been shut down.