Ongoing xenophobia in South Africa:4 Ghanaians killed?

President Mahama in a chat with President Jacob Zuma in one of their several meetingsThe Ghana High Commission in Cape Town has confirmed the deaths of four Ghanaians in the wake of the xenophobic attacks on African foreigners in that country.

The bodies of the four people, a man, two women and a baby were found in a locked salon, in Heibron in the Free State Province.

A statement signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Hannah Tetteh, said the deceased were foaming in the mouths when the South African Police broke into the salon.

It said the bodies had been removed for post-mortem examinations.

“Our mission informs us that no attacks on African immigrants have taken place in Heibron, or in the Free State Province,” it stated.

“The Embassy has sent an officer to the location to investigate the matter. The Ministry has also requested the National Security Council Secretariat to urgently dispatch an officer to liaise with the South African Police in their preliminary investigations, into the case,” it added.

Earlier reports indicated that the four had gone missing for three days which prompted concerned individuals to go out in search of them.

The reports suggested that the four might have been killed by armed youth protesting the take over of local jobs by immigrants.

Meanwhile, the South African President, Jacob Zuma, has vowed to put an end to the attacks.

Mr Zuma, on a visit to a refugee camp in the port of Durban, made the promise to foreigners displaced in the xenophobic attacks.

He told the immigrants that the ongoing violence was against South African values and promised to halt it

Mr Zuma’s words were however, met with jeers from some in the crowd who accused him of acting too slow.

South Africa has been hit by a wave of xenophobic attacks, following alleged statement by the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, calling on foreigners to “go back to their countries”. However, he said his comments were distorted.

Official data suggests there are about two million foreign nationals in South Africa, about four per cent of the total population of South Africa.

 By Times Reporter

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