SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 9 – There is palpable tension amongst Nigerians in South Africa and their friends and relatives as reports emerge indicating ongoing fresh xenophobic attacks in the country, particularly the Johannesburg Central Business District(Joburg CBD).
There are reports of a fresh round of violence being unleashed on citizens of other African countries in some areas of Johannesburg. The city has been relatively calm after widespread xenophobic attacks last week that sparked angry protests and looting of South-African owned Shoprite’s retail stores in Lagos.
At least one person was killed and five others injured in Johannesburg on Sunday after security forces clashed with looters in the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence.
South Africa’s biggest city and other areas were hit by a surge of attacks against businesses owned by migrants in the last week, leaving at least 10 people dead and prompting protests from several African countries.
Riot police fired stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets on Sunday to break up crowds targeting shops in the city’s Central Business District police said.
“We can confirm one person was reported dead,” police spokesman Xolani Fihla told AFP news agency. “We can’t confirm the cause of death.”
Five more people were reported injured, Captain Kay Makhubele, a national police force official, told eNCA news.
Police later said on Twitter the business district, Jeppestown, and Hillbrow neighbourhoods were under control.
Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller, reporting from Johannesburg, said local residents were concerned about “continued looting and attacks”.
“There is great concern that this violence is going to escalate, with much of the violence having been fuelled by rumours,” Miller said.
“People are scared and frustrated – many say they want an end to this violence but there are those who say they are willing to retaliate.”
Witnesses from the area told Today’s Echo that some angry South Africans have begun attacking foreigners again in the Joburg CBD, looting shops belonging to people from African countries including Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, etc.
A Twitter user from South Africa posted on Monday afternoon:
“All students staying around the Doornfontein area please be alert. Someone just got shot outside Saratoga Village.”
A twitter user called Mr Cold said;
“You guys in SA don’t know that you are just destroying your Country. Killing, looting and destroying lives and properties is not a good Idea. I was thinking of not to say A word and watch you burn down yor country. You guys should think about it.”
What is more disturbing is that many South Africans seem to be supporting this xenophobic violence under the guise of fighting foreign criminals in their country.
A Nigerian twitter user posted a gory video on allegedly of a xenophobic killing. The video below is graphic:
See some of the tweets by South Africans on the ongoing fresh xenophobic violence in their country: