SA xeno attacks: 18 Ghanaians rescued

Eighteen Ghanaians have so far been rescued in South Africa from xenophobic attacks, according to Ghana’s mission there.

Five were first recused followed by another 13.

The have all been taken to Lynnwood, which is safer. So far over 140 people have been arrested in Pretoria over the attacks.

The worst of such xenophobic attacks occurred in 2015.

Meanwhile back home, Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak is advocating a boycott of South African products to fight back.

“Can all Africans avoid any product from South Africa as a way of showing them that we depend on each other?” he quizzed.

“…Since the xenophobic attacks in 2015, I have not bought anything in South Africa apart from the food and water that I drink and I said it in the Pan Africa parliament because that was my protest as an individual to show that I’ll never go to their market to buy anything and I have stuck to that up to date. Mr Speaker, yes, we need to be diplomatic but the only way that a blind man can see that the eye of the sighted is really red is for him to give him/her a knock. …I think the time has come for African people to unite around this and at least not to also violently attack their properties in our country and not to violently attack their citizens in our country but to boycott their products.”

Reacting to the suggestion, Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Botchwey told Class News that that should be the last resort by Ghana. She suggested the matter be left to ECOWAS and AU heads of state to resolve.

“That (boycott South African products) may be the last resort. It is important that when something like that happens and especially it’s not the first time it’s happening, it needs to be taken up to a higher level. So my suggestion will be that ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs take it up. Also, we take it up at the level of the heads of state and then extend it to the AU Heads of State,” the Anyaa Sowutuom legislator said.

“…We stood in solidarity with the people of South Africa when they were going through their difficult times of apartheid, so it is quite sad that today, through all the efforts that we all extended towards the abolition of apartheid, this should be happening to our nationals.”