In continuation of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, armed protesters are on the streets of Johannesburg, demanding the immediate departure of foreigners.

According to Sowetan Live, a South African newspaper, the protesters, who carried weapons, are waiting to be addressed by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a notable politician and Zulu tribe leader.

The protest is coming one week after attacks on foreigners sparked reactions across the continent.

Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi pulled out of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Cape Town while Zambia cancelled an international friendly match with South Africa over the violence against foreigners. Madagascar also cancelled a scheduled friendly with Bafana Bafana in the wake of the attacks.

 

In reprisal attacks in Nigeria, South Africa-owned businesses – including MTN and Shoprite – were targeted.

More to follow…

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