Shop Owners Count Losses After Looting

A number of foreign nationals who own businesses in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape are counting the cost of damage that looting has caused after locals went on the rampage.
The locals accuse the foreign nationals of being behind a spate of murders in the city since last month when five bodies were found without private parts.
The looting began in Joza township and quickly spread to other parts such as extension 6 and Vukani location.

Refugees Left Out in the Cold

Foreigners living in a temporary shelter at Isipingo Beach, south of Durban, following April 2015 xenophobic attacks have put up their own shacks after the eThekwini municipality removed the tents they were living in.
Spokesperson for the refugees at the camp, Daniel Dunia, states that, “Government officials removed everything over the weekend and told us to leave the camp,” adding that, “The situation is very bad here. There is no food, or anything, as the officials are blocking donors who want to come in and offer assistance.”

Malawi May Repatriate Citizens from SA

The Malawian government states that it would help repatriate its citizens from South Africa following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Durban that has left four people dead.
Malawi’s information Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, warns that, "The situation is really tense as about 360 Malawians are stranded in South Africa following xenophobic attacks there."
He further adds that the Malawians targeted have "lost everything", including their passports.

Gbaffou Likens Xenophobia to Apartheid

The African Diaspora Forum has compared xenophobia to apartheid.

The Forum’s chairperson, Marc Gbaffou, points out that, “If people are being chased and burnt because of their origins, means we are facing a huge challenge.”

Gbaffou says that migrants in South Africa are not here to take away the wealth of this country, also appealing to locals to rather allow foreign nationals doing business here to share business ideas with them.

Joblessness Rate Contributed in Looting Spree

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says they are hopeful that attacks on foreign nationals that took place in Soweto are coming to an end.

Speaking on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Morning Live programme, SAHRC chairperson, Lawrence Mushwana, said it is unacceptable that foreign national are being targeted and their shops are being looted.

Attacks on foreign-owned shops were sparked on Monday, after a 14-year-old boy was killed by a Somali shopkeeper in Soweto, Johannesburg.

​Basotho Nationals Will Not be Deported

Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, says Lesotho nationals living in South Africa without the right documents will no longer be deported from now until 31 December 2016.
Speaking on Morning Live, the minister says only those who were employed prior to the announcement of this Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) can apply for these new permits.
The Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) will help Basotho to regularise their stay in South Africa and applications for this new permit will be conducted at selected Home Affairs centres in nine provinces across the country.

Undocumented Foreigners to Pay for Healthcare

Gauteng Health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu, says her department cannot deny health care to citizens from neighbouring countries, however undocumented foreigners have to pay a certain amount of money for health care.

This is after at least 6 000 foreign women gave birth at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg in 2014 alone.

The majority of the foreign mothers are from Zimbabwe, followed by 1 000 from Somalia and 500 from Pakistan.

Diepsloot Attacks Not Xenophobia, Say Residents

Both local and international residents of Diepsloot have denied claims that xenophobia is behind the recent violence in the township.

Zimbabwean national and long-term resident of Diepsloot, Agnes Tshavengwa, argues that, "This isn't xenophobia, people are just jealous of the businesses making money and want to steal. They don't hate foreigners, they are just criminals."

Her comments follows an incident in which approximately 80 small-scale shops and informal retailers were looted following the killing of two Zimbabweans, allegedly at the hands of a Somali shop owner.

Call for Foreign-Owned Business to Close

Illegal foreigners owning shops in Ekurhuleni have until have until 12 December 2012 to close shop or face the wrath of local business people.

At a meeting held in Katlehong this week, members of the Ekurhuleni Business and Enterprise Forum warned that they would force out anyone found to be an illegal shop owner in the area.

The Forum, which says that its previous efforts to get the government to intervene have been have been unsuccessful, argues that its concern is about the ‘uncontrolled mushrooming of illegally run, foreign-owned businesses’.

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