Dozens of people have been arrested in the South African city of Johannesburg after rioters looted shops and torched buildings and vehicles.

Many of the targeted shops are reported to be owned by foreign nationals.

But the country’s police minister, Bheki Cele, said “criminality rather than xenophobia” was to blame for the “senseless violence”.

“[Xenophobia] is used as an excuse,” he told reporters after visiting the city’s Central Business District, where much of the unrest has been taking place. “Nothing… has sparked any form of conflict between the South Africans and foreign nationals.”

However, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said Nigerian shops had been targeted by “mindless criminals” and promised to take “definitive measures”.

South Africa has seen a spate of xenophobic attacks in recent months. In March, three people died during protests that targeted foreign-owned shops in Durban.

With new xenophobic attacks, Twitter users are also sharing their opinions about that sad situation in South Africa.

 

What’s happening in South Africa is very sad.

If you have a story you want to share with Kuulpeeps and the world, please do hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here