United Nations took stock of the situation in South Africa after condemning the xenophobic violence. According to United Nations agency refugee (UNHCR), the death toll stands at 12 and 1,500 foreigners have fled their homes in South Africa.
While the press had previously reported 10 deaths, the UN is finally taking his toll and estimates that at least 12 people have been killed in xenophobic violence in South Africa. UNHCR calls South African government to take all possible measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the population and to stop repeated attacks. The agency believes that homes and businesses of nationals foreign had been looted and buildings and property had been set on fire. At least 1,500 foreign nationals, including refugees and asylum seekers, have been forced to flee their homes due to recurrent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“Some 800 people, mostly from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, sought refuge in community halls in Katlehong. Many want to go home, saying they no longer feel safe in South Africa. Reports indicate that 73 Malawians, 138 Mozambicans, 314 Nigerians and 72 Zimbabweans have already decided to return home,” UNHCR spokesman Yaxley said at a press conference on friday( 20 september.
The criminal autors must answer to the justice…
According to United Nations’s spokesperson of the High Commissioner for Refugees, perpetrators of criminal acts must be held accountable in court.Their actions must not, in any way, go unpunished: “The recently adopted national action plan to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance must now be implemented quickly to curb wave of violence,” he added, according to Legit.tv.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office has indicated that he is currently working with civil society groups to provide relief, emergency shelter, psychosocial care, legal assistance and support for recovery of lost livelihoods.