Violence traces in Pretoria disrupt ties with Nigeria and raises fears in different countries. A Prophet named Samson Sangojinmi, a Nigerian, rushed to his church to find an irritated mob blocking and damaging his church.
As the Prophet approached the crowd, one of the mods swung a machete towards his head, slashing his wrist. The Prophet said, “They came right here due to the fact they realize it’s a Nigerian church.” Prophet Samson who moved to South Africa in early 2005, and open his church and has since then grew a massive congregation. Now he is thinking of moving his church and followers.
The assaults and killings have raised a great fears in African countries, and strained family members amongst South Africa and Nigeria which are Africa’s largest economies, and has tarnished the integrity and popularity in the continent. Days after the attack, protesters in Nigeria attacked the workplace of MTN, the South African cellular telephone organization, in Abuja and demanded their immediate exit from the country.
During the apartheid in South Africa, African countries flooded in aids to South African citizens, and today South Africa is seen as a haven for humans fleeing autocratic regimes in their countries and also as a land of opportunity for those in poorer regions seeking out jobs.
The violence was believed to be caused by financial burden on the system and has caused a rampant joblessness and vast poverty among South Africans, thereby causing attacks on African migrants whom are assumed to be the cause and has led to multiple attacks.
In 2015, the authorities deployed the army to quell a wave of xenophobic violence that pressured thousands of migrants to run away from their houses. Also in 2008, a greater number people mostly foreigners, died in such attacks.
Analysts say that while heaps of the violence has been caused by opportunist, more South Africans increasingly and openly blame foreigners for crimes and joblessness among South Africans. These migrant attack doesn’t happen in rich suburbs, but mostly in poorer areas where jobs are scarce.
In South Africa, there is more unequal opportunities in societies and it’s the highest in the world, with vast rate unemployment 0f more than 26%. This unemployment rate are far higher in black townships communities, and which undergo an extreme housing shortages and many people living in those areas without regular water and electricity supply.
The authorities has condemned the violence, but not xenophobia which is increasing the tension and a messy situation in other countries. President Jacob Zuma, has also been quoted saying that South Africans are not xenophobic, instead encourage other African migrants to move back to their countries, while deporting many Nigerian migrants during the xenophobic attacks. In a recent comment Jacob Zuma said that the numbers of foreigners in South Africa are much more than the numbers of migrants in Europe combined.
During Jacob Zuma’s speech, some group called Mamelodi held an anti-immigration march in Pretoria which resulted in wide looting and attacks.
In 2011, a census which was carried out states that there are over 2.1m foreigners living in South Africa and most of them are from international locations that supported its fight against apartheid.
Many African countries today are not happy with South Africans, describing the attacks as inhumane. “We came here, work hard and get good jobs, open shops and create jobs, how then is it our fault that South Africans don’t have a job?” Said Mr Victor a shop owner.