In spite of South Africa’s president – Jacob Zuma – call for an end to Xenophobic attack of foreign nationals from other parts of Africa and Asia, latest series of attack is witnessed in Eastern Johannesburg according to report by BBC.
Police reportedly confronted with a group of attackers who were venturing to unleash attack on migrants from Asia and other parts of Africa. Latest standoff, according to BBC, is witnessed in Jeppestown – in the eastern suburb of Johannesburg.
However, there is no indication at this point if there is new causality in Johannesburg.
It is confirmed that at least five foreign national are killed due to the latest wave of attack on migrants in the coastal city of Durban.
On the surface, the latest attack seem to be informed by perceptions that migrants from other parts of Africa and Asia are taking away jobs – a perception that is related by the movement as the a cause for the unemployment of South Africans.
At this point, unemployment rate in South Africa is said to be about 24 %
Thousands of South Africans who opposed xenophobic attack on African migrants held a demonstration calling for an end for the violent attack which the president of South Africa described as “shocking and unacceptable”
In a related development,The African Report reported that International Relations Minister -Nkoana-Mashabane- met with African diplomats and apologized for Xenophobia on foreign nationals.
She is quoted as saying “… the South African government had employed several strategies to halt the attacks….”
The attack in the eastern part of Johannesburg apparently unfolded after that.
Johannesburg is said to home to largest immigrant community from the rest of Africa.