• Xenophobia attacks: concerns rise over reprisal attacks in African countries

    Concerns are now being raised about reprisal attacks in other African countries in response to the xenophobic violence in South Africa. In Mozambique, there were reports that cars with South African registration plates were being stoned and trucks exporting goods grounded. Text messages have also apparently been circulating in that country warning citizens about violence in South Africa. In Zimbabwe, a student leader called on youths to retaliate by attacking South African businesses operating there.

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  • Nigeria: South Africa Attacks - House Wants Diplomat Recalled

    In the wake of the xenophobic attacks on Africans in South Africa, the House of Representatives Thursday urged the Federal Government to promptly recall the Nigeria's High Commissioner to the country. Cautioning that Nigeria will no longer treat the wanton killings of its citizens with levity, the House prompted by a motion of urgent matter of public importance moved by the chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora Matters, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the House expressed sadness that the attacks has claimed many lives, ruined businesses and left many wounded. Attributing the mayhem to an alleged statement by the South African Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, "Nigeria frowns at the attacks and will no longer tolerate the killing of its nationals in South Africa.

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  • OPINION: Are foreigners stealing jobs in South Africa?

    International migrants are often accused of stealing jobs from locals in South Africa. “The kwerekwere are stealing our jobs,” people say. The claim that “foreigners” are taking jobs from South Africans “is an argument that is always made”, says Professor Loren Landau, director of the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at Wits University.

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  • Xenophobia: ‘payback’ threats issued - IOL News

     Cape Town - African-based terror groups Boko Haram and al-Shabaab’s threats to attack South Africans in retaliation for xenophobic violence should not be taken lightly. Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks, president of the Cape Town-based Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), who said at its Crawford headquarters that “we should not be naive”. A number of Nigerian media outlets reported late this week that Boko Haram “gives South Africa 24 hours to end xenophobic attacks, or face bombing”.

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  • Zwelithini to express his thoughts on xenophobic violence

    Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will hold an imbizo (high-level gathering) on Monday with other traditional leaders and government dignitaries to express his opinion on the recent spate of xenophobic violence plaguing the country. The announcement was made today by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu at a press conference. Last month Zwelithini sparked controversy by calling for the deportation of foreign nationals living in the country. The attacks on foreign nationals later spread to other parts of the country – including Johannesburg – and left at least five people dead.

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobia - Reps Vow to Invoke Laws to Frustrate S/African Interests

    The House of Representatives yesterday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to recall Nigeria's envoy to South Africa over xenophobic attacks on foreigners. The lawmakers also vowed to invoke relevant business laws to frustrate South African concerns in Nigeria.

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  • SA workers must go - Mozambique marchers - Africa | IOL News

    REUTERS South African police encourage a group of foreign nationals to move back to their homes after a peace march in Durban on April 16, 2015. At least four people have been killed in a wave of anti-immigrant violence that started two weeks ago in Durban. Maputo - South Africans working in Mozambique on Thursday faced threats of reprisals in retaliation for the pogroms against foreign workers in Durban - but in the event no violence occurred. Mozambican workers at the natural gas treatment facilities of the South African company Sasol, in Inhambane province, demanded the removal of the 250 South Africans working there.

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  • Nigeria: Why I Conceded Defeat to Buhari - Jonathan

    President Goodluck Jonathan spoke for the first time, yesterday, on why he conceded defeat to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), in the March 28 presidential election, saying he did so to avert a collective tragedy. President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during his visit to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos, on March 12, 2015. President Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on March 12, and launched a new online mobile platform, X-Gen, designed to increase local investment. President Jonathan was responding to remarks by the French ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Denis Guaer, who commended him for setting a record of humility, patriotism and courage in safeguarding the democratic process in Nigeria and Africa for which he will always be remembered.

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  • Did TB Joshua predict the xenophobic attacks?

    In the wake of the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in parts of South Africa, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, it has emerged that controversial Nigerian pastor TB Joshua may have predicted the attacks. According to his official Facebook page, Joshua gave a prophetic warning to South Africa about a serious revolt led by young people, which would result in the loss of lives at his congregation in July last year. In a video where Joshua is seen sharing his prophecy, he urges his congregation to pray for South Africa because he sees a youth revolt in the country. Revolt in South Africa,” Joshua says.

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  • Africa Needs IP Protection to Build Knowledge Economies

    The next generation of African entrepreneurs and scientists need support to protect their ideas, says Paul Boateng. Despite Africa's strong economic growth and improving status as a competitive place to do business, the continent has an underwhelming record on creating and protecting intellectual property (IP). No African nation was among the top 20 countries for patent applications in 2013, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization. While natural resources continue to provide 42 per cent of all government income in African countries, other nations - increasingly from the global South - are powering ahead with the creation and protection of ideas.

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  • South Africa: No African Is a Foreigner in Africa

    Wits professor ACHILLE MBEBME sees a nascent "ideology" - that of "national-chauvinism" - taking root in South African society. On Wednesday I asked a taxi driver: "Why do they need to kill these 'foreigners' in this manner?" His response: "Because under Apartheid, fire was the only weapon we blacks had. To kill "these foreigners", we need to be as close as possible to their body which we then set in flames or dissect, each blow opening a huge wound that can never be healed. Or, if it is healed at all, it must leave on "these foreigners" the kinds of scars that can never be erased.

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  • Foreigners: We are ashamed of South Africans

    As the country remains on tenterhooks amid a wave of xenophobic violence, foreigners have told Eyewitness News they’re ashamed of South Africans. While some foreigners in Jeppestown say they are bracing for another night of violence, others have started repairing the damage to their homes and businesses. Police have fired rubber bullets throughout the day to disperse crowds. It remains tense in the area as foreign nationals prepare to safeguard their belongings before night falls.

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  • ...But AKA, you are so, so wrong! | The New Age Online

    Your tweets are unfortunate and insensitive. Your disregard of the power that you and other entertainers have to shift mindsets over the xenophobic attacks is sad. Understand that xenophobia and Afrophobia come from a place of ignorance. Ignorance so sad some locals believe South Africa is not in Africa.

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  • Africa strikes back

    Mozambicans, Malawians, Zimbabweans, Somalis and Congolese nationals have borne the brunt of xenophobic violence, which broke out in Durban three weeks ago before spreading to Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg. The South African high commissioner to Malawi was summoned yesterday to a meeting by that country's ministry of foreign affairs, concerned about the safety of its nationals in South Africa. International Relations Department spokesman Nelson Kgwete confirmed the meeting and said African ambassadors would meet today to voice their concerns. Sasol spokesman Alex Anderson said work had stopped at its gas plant in Inhambane, Mozambique after fears that South African staff would be attacked.

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  • Are you beautiful or just average?

    According to a new study conducted by Dove, 96% of women around the world do not choose the word ‘beautiful’ to describe how they look although about 80% believe there is something beautiful about them.

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  • 'Never again' is here

    South Africa has shown its true colours. A 14-year-old foreign national has lost his life along with five others. “Celebrations in May will promote our African identities. While Zuma pointed to plans put in place to overcome the destruction caused by these attacks, including stronger border relations and other sorts of balderdash, a foreign national driven out of her home in a tent was awaiting supplies from humanitarian aid.

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  • Liverpool academy ditches eThekwini deal - Daily News | News

    Independent Media Work is continuing on the multimillion-rand sporting development near King s Park in Durban, but the Liverpool Football Club academy has pulled out of the development. The Liverpool Football Club academy has pulled out of the multimillion-rand sporting development near King’s Park and is looking for a permanent home at another site in Durban. Hoy Park Management, the company behind the development, confirmed that the academy would no longer be part of it and that the site would be used primarily as an elite soccer academy of the SA Football Association (Safa).

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  • SARS could be handing Julius Malema a golden chalice

    IT WAS not without a sense of irony that the nation watched on Saturday as Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chairman Dali Mpofu announced the expulsion of four members for a number of transgressions they allegedly committed. It was barely three years ago that Mpofu and EFF leader Julius Malema were on the other side of such a disciplinary process. While the three — Andile Mngxitama, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa — are relative political lightweights, it was a route the party did not initially want to pursue, particularly against the talented Mngxitama. The trio, along with former members Kenny Kunene and Gayton McKenzie — who went on to form their own political party, the Patriotic Alliance, which was a nonstarter in last year’s elections — have been campaigning against the leadership of the EFF ever since its National People’s Assembly.

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  • Zimbabwe: France Rapped Over President

    Former Ghana President Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings has rebuked France for questioning African Heads of State's decision to elect President Mugabe as the African Union chairman. France alongside other Anglo-Saxon countries tried -- without success--to scupper President Mugabe's ascension to the top post in January, issuing veiled threats on the basis that they accounted for over 60 percent of the AU budget. After the humiliation, French President Francois Hollande reportedly sent a delegation to Francophone countries querying their decision to elect President Mugabe.

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