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Xenophobic attacks: Ghana urged to cut ties with South Africa

General News of Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Government has been urged to break ties with South Africa after another round of xenophobic attacks on Africans has left five dead and several shops torched.

Ghana’s left-wing political movement, Economic Fighters League called for the severing of diplomatic ties in a statement available to JoyNews.

The statement signed by Fighter-General Hardi Yakubu said a break-off with the South African government will “force them to do the right thing.”

Human rights groups and several African governments have expressed worry that the South African government is doing little to deal with xenophobic rage.

The Nigerian government has summoned the South Africa High Commissioner while Zambia has warned truck drivers who work in the country to stay away.

Joining in the condemnation, the Economic Fighters League said the South African government ‘continues to deny the existence of the problem’.

South Africa's police minister, Bheki Cele, said on Monday that "criminality rather than xenophobia" was to blame for the "senseless violence".

President Cyril Ramaphosa also refused to call the attacks xenophobic describing it as 'anti-foreigner violence'.

The EFL also criticised the Akufo-Addo government for its “shameful silence” on the happenings in South Africa.

Bloomberg has reported looting in northern Johannesburg town of Alexandra and also unrest in Marabastad in Pretoria.

Police presence has been beefed up in central Johannesburg since the attacks began Tuesday.

African migrants are viewed by some South Africans as impediments in their quest for jobs and economic power.

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