Concerned Mamelodi residents march to the home affairs department
It seems South Africa is unable to shake off xenophobic attacks. Residents of Atteridgeville West of Pretoria have had to stay put today after protesters barricaded roads this morning making the area inaccessible. This comes ahead of a planned march this morning.
The march planned by the Mamelodi Concerned Residents is against international migrants, who they say are hijacking buildings, dealing in drugs and taking their jobs.
Violence broke out in Pretoria at the weekend with residents targeting international migrants who they accused of selling drugs. Violent protests also erupted in Rosettenville South of Johannesburg, two weeks ago and over ten houses occupied by international migrants were torched there.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has assured international migrants living in the country that they will have the full protection from the government.
Metrorail has at the same time suspended its train service on the entire corridor from the Sausville Station to Pretoria as violence in Tshwane is escalating.
In Nigeria, protestors vandalized the head office of South Africa’s MTN headquarters. According to MTN – the protestors are angry over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
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