The South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Lulu Xingwana, has emphatically stated she is unperturbed by threats from high profile personalities to boycott the Rainbow Nation due to attacks on foreigners.
South African police have arrested dozens of people involved in several days of violence against foreigners in Johannesburg, Pretoria and other cities. At least five people have been killed.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and other African leaders have condemned the attacks. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent an envoy to South Africa to “express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens”.
Reacting to the news, High Commissioner Xingwana said “too many people are coming to South Africa”, urging their neighbours to create jobs for their citizens.
“It’s their choice,” Xingwana told Accra-based Starr FM when her attention was drawn to celebrities such as Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage – all from Nigeria – declaring they would not step foot in South Africa again due to the xenophobic attacks.
In a series of tweets, the 28-year-old Burna Boy, who was Apple Music’s “Up Next” artist in July, said that he had not been in the country since 2017 because of his “own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans”.
“I understand that years of oppression has confused South Africans to the point where they see the people who came to their defence during their oppression as their enemies and then worship their oppressors,” Burna Boy tweeted.
Source: Daily Mail GH