Zambia’s outgoing High Commissioner to South Africa is worried with the fresh xenophobia attacks reported in the coastal city of Durban.
Mwamba has issued a statement stating the reported attacks of foreign nationals living in South Africa was concerning.
The media-happy Mwamba has urged Zambians living in South Africa to take precaution.
Reports show than more than three people have died in the renewed attacks.
THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW
Pretoria- Wednesday -27th March 2019
We have noted with deep concern reports of what appears to be sudden rise of xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals living in South Africa.
There are reports of foreign nationals being evicted from homes, beaten, harassed, stoned, and allegedly killed especially in Kwazulu Natal Province.
Because of enophobic attacks that occurred in 2008, 2015 and 2016, it is imperative to raise immediate alarm as soon as credible information is received on such attacks.
This is to help alert authorities on the attacks and to help prevent and stem further loss of properties and life.
Gruesome videos have been circulating on social media the last few days showing foreign nationals being beaten by mobs.
Reports from our people indicate that Durban has been affected so far.
Although no single Zambian is affected so far, it’s a matter we are watching closely and Zambians in South Africa are urged to call or reach us if they are in distress or assure us of their safety.
We recognize that South Africa goes to the national polls on 9th May 2019 and political campaigns are in full bloom.
We however call for calm, and for responsible statements from political leaders as any careless remarks against foreign nationals living in South Africa has potential to spark heightened hatred, destruction of property and loss of life targeted at African foreign nationals living in South Africa.
As a community of African Diplomats, we will seek to immediately engage South African authorities to understand the sudden re-occurrence of what appears to be clearly xenophobic or afro-phobic attacks against foreign nationals of African descent.
His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa