Press Review 51: 10-27 April 2015

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NATIONAL

Over 1 000 foreigners in SA have fled their homes after attacks

News24, 09 April 2015

According to the police, over one thousand foreign nationals in South Africa have fled their homes following sequences of xenophobic violence by South Africans in Durban. Foreigners, mainly Africans have sought help and accommodation at police stations and tents. However, angry locals vowed to push them out.

SA needs refugee camps – Mantashe

News24, 13 April 2015

ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, believes that the answer to the so-called xenophobia in the country is establishing refugee camps. According to Mantashe, the tension between locals and foreigners is not xenophobia but Afrophobia. Mantashe believes that the camp can be the solution to many undocumented foreign nationals in South Africa.

Are foreign nationals stealing jobs in South Africa?

Mail & Guardian, 17 April 2015

International migrants are often accused of stealing jobs that are meant for locals in South Africa, but the data from research presents a far more nuanced picture. Dr Sally Peberdy argues that migrants do play a positive role in South Africa. Evidence shows that they contribute to South Africa and South Africans by providing jobs, paying rent, paying VAT and providing affordable and convenient goods.

Brutal murder is sparked by anti-immigrant rage in South Africa

Time, April 20 2015

Unemployment, frustration and patriotic sloganeering by local leaders are to blame for a spike in anti-foreigner xenophobic attacks not witnessed since the 2008 violence that led to the death of more than 60 people. In Alexandra Township near Johannesburg, a multitude of people witnessed as two men attacked, stabbed and killed Emmanuel Sithole, a migrant and cigarette vendor from Mozambique.

Thousands to march through the street of South Africa’s capital city against xenophobia

SABC News, 23 April 2015

People have begun to gather in Johannesburg in preparation for a march against the scourge of xenophobic attack which has plagued the country. People from across the province are gathering in their numbers and Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Provincial legislature are expected to lead the march in solidarity with foreign nationals.

REGIONAL

Zim migrants hurt SA economy – Mugabe

Sowetan Live, 11 April 2015

President Robert Mugabe has acknowledged that the political crisis in Zimbabwe has led to Zimbabweans migrate to South Africa in multitudes thereby putting pressure on the country’s economy and resources. Mugabe said part of the agreement he signed with South African President, Jacob Zuma, was to put structures in place to deal with migration between the two countries.

Kenmare repatriates South African staff in Mozambique over xenophobia attacks

CNBC Africa, 20 April 2015

Kenmare Resources has repatriated 62 South Africans working at its titanium mine in Mozambique for their safety after anti-immigrant attacks back home.

Malawi boycott forces South Africa companies to condemn xenophobic attacks

Nyasa Times, 27 April 2015

A consortium of South African companies operating in Malawi has strongly condemned the xenophobic violence in their country. This statement is a reaction to the boycott of popular South African retail shops in Malawi.

Zambia President Calls for Regional Summit over Xenophobia

VOA News, 23 April 2015

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu is consulting with fellow African heads of states to convene an emergency regional summit to address xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

MTN office in Nigeria comes under attack

Ventures Africa, 23 April 2015

MTN has shut down operations at one of its offices in the Nigerian capital of Abuja after it was attacked. A group of more than 100 angry youths stormed the premises of Africa’s biggest telecommunications provider on Wednesday, allegedly in retaliation for the violent xenophobic attacks that have gripped South Africa since March.

Nigeria recalls envoy to South Africa over attacks on foreigners

REUTERS, 25 April 2015

Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of African countries’ discontent at Pretoria’s handling of attacks on immigrants.

INTERNATIONAL

Aid agencies urge Kenya to allow Somali money transfers

Times Live, 10 April 2015

A number of aid agencies cautioned that Kenya’s closing of money transfer services to Somalia over alleged associations with the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab will affect the poor mostly and put their operations at risk.

Kenya demands UN remove Somali refugee camp after Garissa attack

Voices of Africa, 13 April 2015

Kenya has given the United Nations three months to get rid of a camp accommodating more than half a million Somali refugees. This is part of an extreme reaction to the killing of 148 people by Somali gunmen at a Kenyan university.

UN Refugee Agency makes preparations as thousands of Burundians flee to Rwanda

Chronicle, April, 18, 2015

More than 5800 Burundian refugees have crossed into Rwanda this month amid fears of violence before presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. A dispute erupted within the ruling CNDD-FDD party over the incumbent president Pierre Nkurunziza seeking to run for a third term of office. Opposition parties have vowed to stop him as this violates the 2000 peace deal that ended conflict between Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups.

Death toll from Libyan refugee boat rises

Clapway News, April 19 2015

The boat carrying an estimated 700 migrants, mostly Libyan refugees risking their lives to make dangerous passage from North Africa to Europe in the Mediterranean Sea capsized. The incident left hundreds of men, women and children dead. Twenty eight survivors have been recovered from the wreckage.

Pope appeals to the international community as Africa immigrants flood Italy

Catholic World News, 20 April 2015

In his April 19 Regina Coeli address, Pope Francis lamented the death of migrants crossing dangerous waters of the Mediterranean Sea and asked the international community to offer assistance. He further added that these migrants are men and women running away from persecution, hunger, starvation, civil wars, exploitation as well as abuse in search for better life.

 

 

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