Xenophobic attacks: Five Ghanaians arrested in South Africa over resident permits; Three injured


Ghanaian officials say three of their nationals have been injured in the xenophobic unrest in South Africa.

“The Mission [in Pretoria] is ensuring that the injured Ghanaians receive the necessary medical attention,” Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Also, five Ghanaian nationals have been arrested and being kept at the Sunnyside Police Station.

“Officials of the High Commission have visited the Police Station to provide consular assistance to the detained Ghanaians and are following up on the matter,” the Ministry said.

It added: “Our Mission continues to send regular updates and advice to the leadership of the Ghanaian communities in the various South African provinces about the need to remain calm and stay away from crowded places and large gatherings.

“The Ministry wishes to urged the good people ofthis country to remain calm as we seek the interest of our nationals who are caught up in this situation and an end to the unrest.”

Black natives in South Africa have for the past week taken to looting and burning of shops owned by other nationals in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

South African police have arrested dozens of the protestors who claim immigrants, especially Nigerians are taking over their jobs and selling illicit drugs.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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