Since the beginning of the week thousands of Africans including Nigerians, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Malawi, have been attacked. The attacks have seen 5 people killed, hundreds injured and even more shops owned by foreigners looted and destroyed.
The violence was started by black South Africans who are accusing these foreigners for taking jobs from them. Never mind that these foreigner are driven and hardworking setting up their own businesses and not waiting on handouts.
Many have condemned the attack including the South African President Jacob Zuma. Also entertainers like Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, South African rapper – AKA and Alibaba are condemning the prejudiced attacks. Read what they had to say after the jump
Omotola wrote this afternoon,
I Never thought a day would come when this would happen! Dear South Africa , we fought with you during apartheid . You fled and lived with us. We shed blood for your freedom. Why? You of all people should know how this feels. Why fight and Kill people who really cared about you. Dear South Africa , why add this to your past glorious history. Nigeria stand up now and take care of your citizens worldwide . #Enough#Notoxenophobia #nomoreNigeriankillings#Nomoreafricankillings #Notoxenophobia#xenophobia #stopxenophobia
Rapper AKA said the attacks made him ashamed to be South African
While comedian Ali Baba called for the Bigerian Government to shut down South African owned businesses in Nigeria.
SERIOUSLY, OUR GOVT SHLD GIVE THE S/AFRICAN GOVT 48HRS & IF THE GOVT MAKES NO AMENDS, LET US ASK, MTN, DSTV, BANKS, SHOPRITE TO CLOSE SHOP
— AliBaba’sSPONTANEITY (@ALIBABAGCFR) April 17, 2015
As at the time of publishing the attacked have continued and in response the Nigerian government has promised to evacuate it’s citizens if the attacks worsen.