South Africa: Government Tells Ghanaians To Temporarily Close Their Shops

Police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the rioters
Police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the rioters

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Charles Owiredu has advised Ghanaian nationals owning shops in South Africa, especially those dotted around the hotpots in the xenophobic insurrection to avoid such places for now.

“If you have a shop around such places, please for the time being close your shops until the tensions are eased in the territory. We’re hoping that the measures that the South African government has put in place will calm tension,” he said in an interview with host Kweku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 Fm.

He said reports gathered from the Ghana High Commission indicates the security situation in that country is calm and returning to normalcy.

According to him, no Ghanaian has so far been a victim in the xenophobic attacks, while Ghanaian-owned shops or interests have also been spared in the attacks in South Africa.

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Black natives in South Africa have for the past week taken to looting and burning of shops owned by other nationals in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

South African police have arrested dozens of the protestors who claim immigrants, especially Nigerians are taking over their jobs and selling illicit drugs.

Source: Ghana Web

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