AU Condemns ‘Anti-African violence’ in South Africa

ADDIS ABEBA – African Union Commission Chairperson has condemned the incidents of violence against nationals of African countries and their properties in South Africa.

Moussa Faki Mahamat “condemns in the strongest terms, the incidents of violence against nationals of fellow African countries in South Africa, including the looting and destruction of their property”, said Ebba Kalondo, spokesperson to the Chairperson.

South African police arrested more than 80 people and confirmed five deaths as riots in Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria intensified on Tuesday.

The violence has already spread to surrounding townships with roving groups attacking mainly foreign-owned shops.

Kalondo said the Chairperson is encouraged by arrests already made by the South African authorities and called for further immediate steps to protect the lives of people and their property.

Migrant workers are often blamed for the country’s unemployment rate of more than 29 percent, which analysts say reflects structural obstacles confronting the black majority.

Ethiopia’s embassy in South Africa has advised its citizens to close their businesses during the ongoing tension, according to Ethiopia’s state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).

It also says that Ethiopians are advised to “distance themselves from any confrontation and conflict” and not go out wearing expensive jewellery.

Photo caption: Looters make off with goods from a store in downtown Johannesburg Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.  

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