Ghanaians living in South Africa have been asked to restrict their movements due to violent attacks on African migrants in Durban.
Ghana’s mission in South Africa has advised Ghanaians in that country to restrict their movements until law, order and calm is restored.
Violent attacks on African migrants in Durban resulted in the death of one Ghanaian and five other persons.
The attack which was staged by South African nationals targeted shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants.
They are accusing the foreigners of taking their jobs and rendering them unemployed. A press statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry indicated that “no other incidences of death or injury of Ghanaians have been reported as the time of the writing of the statement”
The Ministry further asked the South African government to take all immediate and necessary steps to protect African immigrants in South Africa and provide the necessary assurances for their safety.
It said government is closely and actively monitoring the situation to implement the evacuation plan if it is advised by the mission in South Africa as the “most appropriate course of action.”
The Ministry also assured that it will keep the public informed on any further developments.
Meanwhile several individuals including the 2016 New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Candidate has condemned the attack.
While sending his condolences to the bereaved families, Nana Addo further called on “President Mahama, through Ghana’s High Commission in South Africa, to come to the aid of all Ghanaians who are in need of help,” in that country.