About 18 Ghanaians rescued as SA Xenophobic attacks worsen

At least, 18 Ghanaians have been rescued by Ghana’s High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa following the xenophobic attacks on immigrants there.

The attacks resumed early this week with South Africans accusing foreigners of taking over their jobs. The worse xenophobic attacks in South Africa was recorded in 2015.

Joy News earlier gathered that five Ghanaians were rescued on Friday after sustaining major injuries in an attempt to escape from attacks perpetrated by the South African.

Official correspondence from the Foreign Affairs Ministry however indicates the number has now increased to 18 after 13 more Ghanaian citizens were rescued.

The affected persons have been moved to Lynnwood, a much safer place.

Joy News has meanwhile gathered, Police in Pretoria have so far arrested 141 persons over the xenophobic attacks.

Indigenous South Africans are accusing black Africans resident in South Africa of taking over their jobs and leaving them jobless.

They have therefore organised anti-immigrants march across parts of South Africa and are not the only blaming foreign nationals for crime and stealing jobs but are attacking, sometimes lynching their victims.

Shops owned by black africans have also been looted with Nigerians said to be the most affected.

Reports say the Nigerians have resorted to self defence making the situation even more dicey.

The anti-immigrant march has received some official backing following a reckless public statement made by Mayor Herman Mashaba  in December last year in which he also blamed illegal immigrants for crime and calling on them to leave the city.

For now the security situation is uncertain and the Ghana High Commission is taking every step necessary to protect Ghanaian interests

Source :myjoyonline