THERE has been a massive outbreak of xenophobic attacks in South Africa across cities and towns targeting foreign nationals.
The attacks which were aimed at Zambian truck drivers has now spread to all other foreigners evoking mememories of 2008 and 2015 xenophobic attacks which saw at least 60 people dying in South Africa.
Images broadcast on South Africa’s public broadcaster showed people breaking into stores and carrying away foodstuffs, alcohol and clothing.
In the eastern suburb of Malvern, at least three people died in a fire before looting started, according to the police.
The South African government has had to issue statements addressing the current attacks.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said that the root cause of the crisis is the “oversupply of foreign drivers in the industry and that some of the drivers are undocumented.”
Reports are that over 100 people have been arrested over the ongoing violent attacks.
South Africa however is not new to xenophobia as attacks of this nature are always breaking out from time to time.
Previous attacks have mainly been taking place in ‘poor’ townships as a result of aggrieved South African citizens who believe that foreigners benefit instead of them.
Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, Nigerians, Bangladeshi and Pakistani immigrants have previously been the target of the violence.
The Johannesburg Metropolitan Bus services, which transports tens of thousands of passengers daily to various points around the city, suspended its services until further notice due to the violence.