Zambia High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba has disclosed that 27 Zambian nationals are in jail in the country’s correctional services.
He said of the 27, 15 have already been convicted and are serving various sentences.
Mr. Mwamba says 12 Zambians are remanded in different prison facilities across the country awaiting the conclusion of their court cases.
This came to light after the Mission engaged the Department of International Relations and Corporation of the Republic of South Africa (DIRCO) on the status of Zambian Nationals in conflict with the law in the country.
Among the prisoners is Peter Saveka, 34, holder of NRC 201632166, who is serving a life sentence after being convicted of murder.
International migrants in South African are once again the focus of headlines of both local and international mainstream media. This is not good news for the readers, listeners and viewers of news. The xenophobic monster has once again blown its deadly winds in the direction of vulnerable communities of foreign immigrants who live in the Republic of South Africa.
It happened in 2008, 2015 and now in 2017. We have witnessed the flames of xenophobia erupt in Gauteng province – that have been fuelled by the sweeping and reckless statements made by the current Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Councillor Herman Mashaba that were repeatedly uttered in his 100 days of office speech. Without any attempt of sugar coating his utterances or disguising his intentions in his rhetoric, the Mayor is the culprit behind the spate of the xenophobic violence that targeted immigrants mainly from other African countries.
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Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba Wrote:
Eastleigh Primary School in Edenvale and their letter to foreign parents with children at their school
In the Diplomats meeting held Birchhood Hotel with Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Malusi Gigaba, I took time to raise the issue of this letter from Eastleigh Primary School situated in Edenvale, Johannesburg.
As xenophobia rears its ugly head again in South Africa with foreign nationals being attacked and their properties looted in South Johannesburg and West Pretoria over the last couple of weeks, one can see why foreign nationals are tired of the targeting and deciding to fight back. Social media and WhatsApp groups have been flooded with messages of foreign nationals refusing to sit back and fall victim to more attacks in the wake of a looming protest march against foreigners planned to take place tomorrow (24th February 2017) in Pretoria.
This is one of the messages we picked up on a WhatsApp group – posted as received:
PRETORIA – 21ST FEBRUARY, 2017 – THE High Commission of Zambia in South Africa would like to advise Zambians living in South Africa to exercise caution in the wake of attacks on foreign nationals and their properties that have been reported in some parts of the country.
There have been reports in recent weeks of an outbreak of violent attacks in some parts of South Africa against foreign nationals, particularly fellow Africans from various countries.
The reports show that the pattern so far shows that homes, shops, vehicles and other property owned by foreigners were being targeted.
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