Zimbabwe: Xenophobia in SA worse than apartheid

Two Zimbabwean ministers have on social media shared their horror at xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Police trying to disperse a large crowd of around 2,000 people following a standoff between foreign shop owners and locals in Durban on 14 April 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - In Zimbabwe, there's been a strong reaction to xenophobic violence in South Africa from at least two government ministers.

The ministers took to social media to vent their anger, calling the latest attacks worse than apartheid.

Six people, including a 14-year-old boy, have lost their lives in a wave of attacks on foreign nationals in several parts of KwaZulu-Natal including KwaMashu and Umlazi over the past two weeks.

The latest flare-up of xenophobic violence in the province saw violent clashes in the Durban's CBD on Tuesday afternoon.

Writing on Twitter, Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said the xenophobic attacks in South Africa were sad and a shame on us as Africans.

These attacks are a shame on us as Africans.Honestly treating each other worse than apartheid is sad.

He said Africans are treating each other worse than they were treated during apartheid.

Zimbabweans have been appalled at the violence in their southern neighbour where hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans live and work, not always legally.

Information Minister Jonathan Moyo has also tweeted his horror at the xenophobic attacks under the hashtag #AfrophobiainSAMustEnd.

#AfrophobiainSAMustEnd Xenophobia today can easily mutate into Genocide tomorrow. Stop It! #XenophobiaMustEnd

In what will be seen as direct criticism of Pretoria's response to the crisis, Moyo says all governments have obligations under the 1993 Vienna Declaration, to prevent xenophobia.

At the same time, reaction to South Africa's xenophobic attacks has been swift in Zimbabwe where locals are asking what can be done to stop them.

Between one and two million Zimbabweans live in South Africa.

Popular social media platform 263 Chat held an online discussion on Tuesday night, asking what should be done about the xenophobic violence.

Twitter users were asked whether boycotting South African products might be one way of registering their protest.

A social media user said on Twitter, "We can't feed the belly that hurts our brothers."

But, pragmatic users pointed out that a total boycott would be giving up DSTV which wouldn't be popular.

Unconfirmed reports say Zimbabwean musicians would be recording an anti-xenophobia song together later on Wednesday.

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