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Kenyans Among those Affected in the Ongoing Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

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BY GERALD GEKARA – Kenyan High Commissioner to South Africa Jean Kamau has confirmed that the new wave of Xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa has affected Kenyans living in South Africa.

He also asked that those affected by the attacks to cooperate with South African officers in the affected areas.

“The Kenya High Commission has since reached out to the affected individuals and encouraged them to respond to the instructions and calls by the South African police to report and open files regarding all incidences,” a statement from the ambassador based in Pretoria reads.

“Kenyan community members in South Africa are asked to ensure that they work with their local diaspora leaders to monitor the situation and take measures to safeguard their security. All must remain vigilant and aware of their environment,” Ms Kamau added.

The fresh wave of Xenophobic attacks have so far claimed 5 lives and Billions of property destroyed.

In reaction to the ongoing attacks in South Africa, an angry reaction by several fellow Africans have termed the violence as ‘senseless and a shameful’ perception to the rest of the World.

President Cyril Ramaphosa strongly condemned the violence, terming it as unjustified and unacceptable.


Nigeria has already summoned the South African High Commission to explain why its Citizens’ businesses were being destroyed, adding that it may send a special convoy to intervene.

Zambia who were supposed to play South Africa in a friendly football match, has since called off the football match.

Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi have pulled out of the World Economic Forum which was to take place in Cape Town, South Africa.

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