5 September 2019
Africans have come out to boycott South Africa after days of looting
and violence targeting foreigners in which five people died.
Nigerian singers and Zambia’s football team are among those in the
South Africa’s Social Development minister told the BBC that rioters
feared losing their jobs to foreigners.
The country has become a magnet for migrants from other parts of Africa.
It has one of the continent’s biggest and most developed economies.
A Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, announced on Twitter she was pulling out
of a concert she had planned to perform in South Africa in September,
condemning “the barbaric butchering of my people.
It is not clear whether any Nigerians have died in the violence but the
singer later clarified that “my people” could be any African person.
The Nigerian government has also boycotted the World Economic Forum
meeting in Cape Town. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was originally expected
to attend the regional meeting between business leaders and governments.
And the country has issued a travel warning to its citizens, tweets
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s assistant.
Zambia’s football association has cancelled an international friendly
match against South Africa scheduled to take place on Saturday in the
“This is because of the security concerns, you never know what can
happen,” Football Association of Zambia secretary-general Adrian Kashala,
told AFP news agency.
“We want to be sure of the security of (the) visiting team,” he added. –