Zimbabwe to evacuate victims of xenophobia

September 11, 2019
| Report Focus News
Foreign nationals gesture after clashes broke out between a group of locals and police in Durban on April 14 ,2015 in ongoing violence against foreign nationals in Durban, South Africa. The attacks on immigrant-owned shops and homes in Durban's impoverished townships come three months after a similar spate of attacks on foreign-owned shops in Soweto, near Johannesburg. The Malawian government said on April 13, 2015 it would help repatriate its citizens from South Africa following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in the eastern port city of Durban that has left four people dead. AFP PHOTO/PHOTO STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

Harare-Two Zimbabwean nationals were reportedly killed while 171 others were reportedly affected by recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

This was revealed by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa during a post Cabinet media briefing.

“A total of 171 Zimbabwean nationals had been affected with two of them having lost their lives. Government is deeply saddened by this occurrence and is currently in the process of making arrangements to urgently repatriate the affected citizens back home,” said Mutsvangwa.

“Government continues to monitor the situation with a view to escalating the evacuation exercise should the situation deteriorate.”

Violent attacks on foreigners reached a crescendo over the past weeks with some South Africans attacking nationals mainly from Nigeria, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe accusing them of taking their jobs.

Meanwhile Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo has said whilst the number of Zimbabweans in South Africa could not be quantified efforts are underway to repatriate the 171.

“We are guessing to say how many Zimbabweans are there in South Africa today, some people were saying two to three million but we do not have exact figures as to how many Zimbabweans are there. This is actually a voluntary request of repatriation which has come from our citizens” said Moyo

Thousands of Zimbabweans left the country looking for greener pastures in foreign lands after a deteriorating economic situation.