Fallout from xenophobia: African leaders boycott World Economic Forum

Fallout from xenophobia: African leaders boycott World Economic Forum

- Following the recent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, other African nations are witnessing the fallout

- Locally-owned interests are being targeted in Nigeria where multiple Shoprites are facing retaliation

- Numerous African countries have also refused to attend the World Economic Forum’s African leg in response to the situation

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African nations have not allowed South Africa's battle with xenophobia to go unnoticed.

Briefly.co.za reported that foreign nationals have been subjected to attacks in the Gauteng province following the murder of a taxi operator by a foreign drug dealer.

Now, The South African reports that local interests in Nigeria have been targeted in retaliation.

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Shoprite branches in Nigeria have been targeted by citizens of the country who have made their feelings over the situation in Mzansi known.

The Nigerian government has promised to take 'definitive measures' to protect citizens within South Africa, with tensions escalating.

The Citizen reports that Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda have boycotted the World Economic Forum’s African conference, which is currently underway in Cape Town.

African Union Commission chair Moussa Mahamat released a statement calling for SA to take:

“Immediate steps to protect the lives of people and their property, ensure that all perpetrators are brought to account for their acts, and that justice be done to those who suffered economic and other losses."

Take a look at footage from the incident below:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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