South Africa Xenophobia Ghanaians to be evacuated if necessary - Foreign Affairs Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hannah Tetteh has noted that Ghanaians in South Africa will be evacuated if necessary.

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Xenophobic attack in South Africa

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hannah Tetteh says Ghanaians living in South Africa will be evacuated if necessary.

The minister took to her twitter handle and wrote that, “the matter is being investigated by the South African Police and our embassy is following up on this matter.

According to her, “There will be a meeting at the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs with African ambassadors today to discuss the matters. Our Embassy will advise on the need for evacuation of Ghanaian citizens if necessary”.

The Minister also confirmed the death of a Ghanaian in South Africa. Emmanuel Quarcoo was found by the road side with head injuries.

However, eight people have so far been confirmed dead in the new wave of attacks and foreign-owned shops looted in recent weeks. Read more ECOWAS condemns xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Two weeks ago, locals began attacking and looting properties owned by fellow Africans, in the wake of alleged comments by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini telling migrants to go home – although he says he was mistranslated.

President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence and has established a team of ministers to put an end to it.

However, the government said it is not yet time to bring in the army.

Over 1,000 foreigners in Durban have fled their homes and are now living in makeshift camps, under Police guard.

Violence against African immigrants in South Africa is common, with impoverished locals accusing foreigners of taking their jobs and business.

Rising unemployment amongst black South Africans is fuelling animosity against other African nationals living in the relatively prosperous multi-racial country.

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