PANIC HITS MIGRANTS’ COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

PANIC HITS MIGRANTS’ COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Many Africans in South Africa live peacefully until about a week ago when foreigners’ shop were looted on the allegation that they sold expired products.

The looting sends panic into the spines of many foreigners especially those who own shops in Central Johannesburg and locations around Gauteng.

Though there is a relative peace in Soweto and other townships in Gauteng where the lootings took place.

Police presence has beefed up security in Soweto and other townships.

Many foreigners in Malvern, Braamfontein, Cosmo City and Randburg express their grievances over the looting, that black South Africans are fond of taking advantage of other black nationals in South African.

Emmerson Mathew, a Cameroonian in Braamfontein says: “I have bought expired food in big shops before. South Africans won’t loot white-owned shops even if they sell expired products”

He continued: “They are just a bunch of lazy people who loaf around but like to steal. This is not looting. It is stealing. The trend may continue because no one has ever been prosecuted”.

Chike Hope, a Nigerian in Randburg says: “We are waiting for them. If they try it in Randburg here, it will be fire for fire. South Africans are more than xenophobic but have an identity problem. They don’t who they are. How would they do this to their other African brothers”.

The riotous looting that has claimed four lives seem to have stopped.

No looting of foreign shops in the last five days.

Johannesburg’s Public Safety MMC Michael Sun also told News24 on Saturday that while other shops remained closed, as owners feared for their safety, there was intensified deployment from both SAPS and JMPD in the areas.

“The patrols are continuing and we are trying to suppress any potentially violent situations erupting. We have increased our deployment and every day, we have now monitored the situation,” Sun said.

He added that there have been no further reports of violence reported and that they were hoping the situation would remain calm.

Many foreigners have received panic phone calls from their various homes.

Their loved ones are beckoning on them to come than die in South Africa.

Akin Thomas said many Africans have come to hate South Africans due to their xenophobic tendencies.

“Some people back home even curse South Africa and South Africans”.

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