Xenophobic attacks inhuman, unacceptable – Mwamba

By Staff Reporter

ZAMBIA’s outgoing High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has expressed concern over reported attacks of foreign nationals living in South Africa.

“We have noted with deep concern reports of what appears to be sudden rise of xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals living in South Africa” Mwamba said. “There were reports  of foreign nationals being evicted from homes, beaten, harrased, stoned and allegendly killed especially in Kwazulu Natal Province”.

Mwamba said because of the xenophobic attacks that occurred in 2008, 2015 and 2016, it was imperative to raise immediate alarm on the Zambian community living in that country as soon as credible information was received on such attacks.

Mwamba was responding to gruesome vidoes circulating on social media in the last few days showing foreign nationals being beaten by angry mobs.

He, however, noted that no Zambia was affected so far, but assured of safety for those who might be victims.

“We however call for calm, and for responsible statements from political leaders as any careless remarks against foreign nationals living in South Africa had potential to spark heightened hatred, destruction of property and loss of life targeted at African foreign nationals living in South Africa,” Mwamba said.

“As a community of African Diplomats, we will seek to immediately engage South African authorties to understand the sudden re-occurrence of what appears to be clearly xenophobic or Afro-phobic attacks against foreign naltionals of African descent”.