Xenophobia: More African nations join efforts to evacuate citizens

Xenophobia: More African nations join efforts to evacuate citizens

- More African nations are joining the efforts to take citizens living in South Africa back home

- This comes in the wake of ongoing xenophobic attacks, with Nigerian citizens being airlifted out of the country this week

- South African Ministers have denied xenophobia in the country, blaming the violence on crime

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Mozambique and Zimbabwe have joined Nigeria in taking citizens home in the wake of xenophobic attacks

Briefly.co.za reported that hundreds of Nigerians are in the process of being airlifted home, with the nation warning of sanctions and the possible nationalisation of locally owned businesses.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi says that the nation is currently undergoing the process to withdraw citizens from South Africa after 500 people lost their homes in Mzansi, reports STV Noticias.

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Sibusiso Moyo, Zimbabwean Foreign Minister, says that 171 people have been earmarked for government evacuations, along with the remains of two citizens, reports IOL.

Harare, the country's capital, would 'escalate' the withdrawal of citizens should the situation worsen, with Moyo adding that international organisations had been called on to aid those affected.

Out of the 12 fatalities reported, the majority had been South African citizens, according to a report put forward by the Defence Department.

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had echoed the views expressed by Police Minister Bheki Cele, who had insisted that criminal elements were more to blame for the violence than xenophobia.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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