Xenophobic attacks dividing Africa - group

2016-05-25 14:03
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Cape Town – As the continent celebrates 53 years since the establishment of the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), many are questioning whether Africa is indeed united.

According to a South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) report, xenophobic attacks that engulfed some parts of the continent in recent years were a clear indication that Africa was still divided.

Africa Diaspora Forum (ADF), an organisation which represented the interests of Africans living in South Africa, cited xenophobic attacks as a big problem for the continent.

AFD's Marc Baffou claimed that competition for resources fuelled the attacks.

Ritual killings 

Xenophobic attacks which shook South Africa in 2008, left many people displaced, with at least more than 60 people killed.

The attacks were 7 years later  followed by another wave of attacks in the country's economic hub Johannesburg, as a group of young men were caught on record stabbing to death a Mozambican national. 

According to Times live, Emmanual Sithole was brutally stabbed to death in Alexandra township on April 18 in 2015.

Similar attacks were reported recently in Zambia, where Rwandan-owned shops were ransacked in Lusaka over allegations that foreigners were behind a string of ritual killings.

The violence started in Zingalume and George slums in the capital where dead bodies were found with missing parts such as ears, hearts and penises had been removed.

At least 200 people were arrested for the attacks.

Read more on:    africa diaspora forum  |  africa day  |  africa

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