ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian government today condemns attacks of over foreigners and urged the South African government to take measures to protect foreigners including Ethiopians.
“We condemn the heinous act of violence and looting of properties perpetrated against foreigners
including our citizens in South Africa,” ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement released today.
The statement came after mobs descending on business hubs and townships in various parts of South Africa, looting dozens of shops and torching trucks driven by foreigners in a surge of anti-migrant sentiment.
Five people have been killed in xenophobic attacks, police said, as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down on what he described as “acts of wanton violence” and the African Union sounded the alarm.
Police fired rubber bullets and arrested 189 people in the township of Alexandra on Tuesday, a day after clashing with looters who local media said targeted foreign-owned businesses in several parts of the city.
Ethiopia’s foreign ministry’s statement further said,
“We are encouraged by the statement of President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, denouncing these acts of violence and his promise to arrest perpetrators and bring them to justice.
“We would also like to see continued and robust measures taken by South African authorities to contain
the violence and ensure our citizen’s security and safety.
The Ethiopian Embassy in Pretoria is closely working with authorities and members of the community
to address the situation”.
Ethiopia’s embassy in South Africa issued a statement on Monday advising its citizens to close their businesses during the ongoing tension.
It also says that Ethiopians are advised to “distance themselves from any confrontation and conflict” and not go out wearing expensive jewellery.