Several Nigerian artists have come out strongly condemning the violent xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The artists include Tiwa Savage who cancelled her impending show in South Africa, American-Nigerian rapper Jidenna, Burna Boy, Davido, and Teni who sent various messages in solidarity with victims of the xenophobic violence. A number of South African artists also added their voice to the outrage, posting heartfelt message against xenophobia.
“I don’t think I can stay here anymore. It is not safe and this happens every year” says Bangladeshi shop owner
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have condemned in the strongest terms, the incidents of violence against nationals of fellow African countries in South Africa. President Ramaphosa warned of action against criminals.
“It was no longer about the shooting anymore but hatred towards us Somalians” says shop owner.
Violent crime against immigrants was discussed at an information session hosted by the Institute for Healing of Memories and with the Claremont Main Road Mosque in Dunoon on Africa Day last week.
Foreign shop-owners in South Africa are accused of selling counterfeit food and food beyond its sell-by date. These claims are driven by politically charged opinions, not evidence.
The South African government says it will continue to enforce immigration legislation with “full might of the law” and “no respite”.
Recent xenophobic and Afrophobic utterances by Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, two of the leading figures in South Africa’s EFF party, fly in the face of Africanism and ubuntu, says Blessing Vava.
An organization in Johannesburg, South Africa Sophie A Kanza Foundation on Africa Day launches a video to promote Afrophobia Awareness and help efforts to fight the scourge.