JUST IN: Government repatriates second batch of xenophobia victims

18 Sep, 2019 - 16:09 0 Views
JUST IN: Government repatriates second batch of xenophobia victims To many African immigrants, xenophobia has become an annual ritual in South Africa, with killings, assaults and displacements at the hands of thugs and criminals becoming the order of the day

The Sunday News

Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
Government on Wednesday repatriated the second batch of 10 Zimbabweans who were affected by xenophobic motivated attacks in the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng province.

The group is part of 171 Zimbabweans who were recently caught up in the fracas in Gauteng province alone.

On Thursday last week, the first batch of 29 children, 25 women and 23 men arrived in the country via Beitbridge aboard two buses.

They were also accompanied by a hearse carrying the body of Isaac Sithole (34), who was assaulted, stabbed and set alight by a South African mob.

Zimbabwe’s envoy to the neighbouring country, Mr David Hamadziripi said the group was part of the 171 Zimbabweans affected by disturbances in Ekurhuleni over the past few weeks.

He said the Tsolo Hall in Katlegong, where immigrants were seeking refuge had been closed with the situation normalising.

“The hall was closed yesterday (Tuesday) and the remaining group of 10 Zimbabweans were voluntarily repatriated home.

“They arrived in the country via Beitbridge Border Post at around 2am and would be assisted further by the Government to get to their respective homes,” said Mr Hamadziripi.

More to follow . . . 

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