No Ghanaian affected in South Africa Xenophobic attacks - Foreign Affairs Minister

According to Ayorkor Botvhwey, Ghana’s mission in South Africa had urged Ghanaians in Mamelodi, also in South Africa, to remain indoors

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According to her, Ghana’s mission in South Africa had urged Ghanaians in Mamelodi, also in South Africa, to remain indoors due to a planned demonstration against foreigners.

Speaking on the floor of parliament on Friday 24 February, she said, "Mr Speaker, our checks indicate that no Ghanaian national or their businesses have been affected in the recent attacks."

"In Mamelodi, a suburb of Pretoria, there is a general fear and apprehension within the various foreign communities including that of Ghana, following a decision by a local to organise an anti-foreigner march today to protest at what he referred to as South African nationals being tired of enslavement and being deprived of job opportunities in their own country," she added.

Scores of Ghanaians living in South Africa have expressed strong desire to return home following brutal xenophobic attacks on some African Nationals in that country.

A Ghanaian in South Africa, Donald told Accra-based Starr FM that they are living in fear and that their movements had been limited.

"We are indoors more because of the xenophobic attacks."

He said all attempts to reach the Ghanaian High Commission for assistance had been unsuccessful.

Reports of xenophobic attacks in South Africa have heightened over the last few days. Nigerians and other African nationals have complained of rising violence against them.

The main group behind the protests, Mamelodi Concerned Residents, has blamed foreign nationals for taking jobs and accused them of being involved in prostitution rings and drug cartels, accusations denied by immigrant communities.

South Africa experienced its worst outbreak of violence against foreigners in 2008, when more than 60 people died.

Two years ago, similar xenophobic unrest in the cities of Johannesburg and Durban claimed lives as African immigrants were hunted down and attacked by gangs.

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