The Zimbabwean embassy and two of its consulates have also received reports from some expatriates in South Africa that they received threats including forced eviction. They also said they been told if they don’t leave by a certain date they will be subject to violence. This was according to a statement on the foreign ministry’s Twitter feed on Wednesday.
The foreign ministry also said, “The embassy and the consulates urge all Zimbabwe nationals in the Republic of South Africa to be vigilant and to be law abiding,”.
South Africa has a difficult relationship with migrants from elsewhere on the continent of Africa. Most of the people living in South Africa are drawn there to its relative wealth. Back in the year 2008, about 60 people died and 50,000 more were displaced in a wave of xenophobic violence that swept the country. This violence saw foreigners blamed for issues within the country ranging from high unemployment of the citizens to poor government services.
2008 was not the last time, there were similar riots in 2015 and again more in 2019. The resulted in President Cyril Ramaphosa being forced to apologise to other countries appalled by the treatment of their nationals within South African border.
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