Bushiri appeals to Ramaphosa to end xenophobic attacks on Malawians in Durban

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has appealed to South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa to end xenophobic attacks on Malawians raging in Durban which have forced many to seek shelter in community halls, mosques and police stations.

Bushiri: Stop the xenophobic attacks
Horror for Malawians as attacks on foreigners hit Durban.-Photo by Leon Lestrade African News Agency (ANA)

The ECG leader made the statement on Sunday in his Pretoria church while responding to the gracious message of goodwill from President Ramaphosa sent through a delegation of top ANC gurus.

So far, four Malawians are feared dead  in Durban due to the escalating xenophobic attacks happening there.

“I would like, through ANC delegates here, to appeal to President Ramaphosa to act and put an end to xenophobia attacks on Malawians happening in Durban.

“I am a Malawian and it shocks me seeing images of violence and death due to these attacks. We are all Africans, lets learn to live and coexist together,” he said.

Meanwhile, government has condemned the attacks.

“Government is concerned about the reported attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo,” the state communications department said in a statement issued Thursday night.

“We urge law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators of these violent acts are brought to book”.

Ramaphosa also weighed in on the matter during a presidential dinner in Durban, and said that South Africans must not present themselves as an intolerant people.

“These recent attacks that have been levelled against people from other countries are wrong. They violate everything that our people fought for over many decades. I condemn them in the strongest terms.”

Attacks on foreigners started after midnight on Sunday. They began at Kenville Informal Settlement and spread to Sea Cow Lake and Burnwood. Locals were allegedly angry that foreigners were taking their jobs.

Xenophobia against migrants from other African countries is not new in South Africa.

In 2015 unrest in the cities of Johannesburg and Durban claimed seven lives as immigrants were hunted down and attacked by gangs.

South Africa experienced its worst outbreak of violence against foreigners in 2008, when more than 60 people died.

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Innoxy
Innoxy
3 years ago

Malawi is the only country that has a great number of citizens in south africa than other countries and most malawians are working in different companies here.But we feel sorry for ourselves since some malawians who are suffering from these attacks are good enough in terms of academic levels.I’m one of the malawians whose lives are on threat due to these current xenophobic attacks.I’m good academically but i even failed to access business upon failing to get job so being desperate, i decided to travel to south africa as a means of survival.Our government (malawi) should at least do its… Read more »

Elikana mmbaya
3 years ago

I DON’T BLAME SOUTH AFRICANS ANYMORE –THE BLAME GOES TO THOSE IN GOVERNMENT AND CAN’T TURN AROUND MOTHER MALAWI INTO A LAND OF MILK AND HONEY AS IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE —SECONDLY THE WE VOTE FOR OUR LEADERS IS PATHETIC (LIKE HEADLESS CHICKENS )

Mdala
Mdala
3 years ago

Tamabweraniko abale anu tiliko

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
3 years ago

Then i guess nyasatimes and other Malawi media houses don’t follow Ramaphosa’s speeches. Ramaphosa actually incited these xenophobic attacks when he irresponsibly made a speech about foreign nationals flocking into his country and start business even take up jobs that were meant for its citizens. He then demanded all foreign nationals to go back wherever they come from or they’ll be forced to. He made that speech at Mabopane train station, 24hrs later boom, attacks on foreigners!

Adansonia
Adansonia
3 years ago

South African are idots. It is sad that apatherheid end, they were supposed to continue being underwhite rule

Kochinonda
Kochinonda
3 years ago
Reply to  Adansonia

South Africans shall surely pay for any innocent blood of foreigners being recklessly shed on that land. Unfortunately any blood you shed the blood itself speaks and reports to the father who sits on the throne of justice in heaven. The shed blood reports and cries to the Lord of righteousness to the father. It’s a matter of time. If God visits South Africa with calamity be assured it lands directly on the heads of your children. Plus any shed blood curses your land
Stop it before Gods anger is ignited against you

Mbangi Johnson
Mbangi Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Kochinonda

Idiotic thinking

Rad Sillo
Rad Sillo
3 years ago
Reply to  Adansonia

Vote wisely in order to build a better Malawi, then we will forget about this xonophobic attacks…

Mbangi Johnson
Mbangi Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Adansonia

Malawians are the idiots here. They cannot developed their own sh!t hole country. South Africa import fresh water from Lesotho via an artificial river to grow food to export to DUNDERHEADS Malawians who have fresh water lake.

Chikula mayembe
3 years ago
Reply to  Mbangi Johnson

100 %. Our government is useless. How can the whole country rely on fresh produce from SA where there no fresh water.

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