Namibians in South Africa asked to be vigilant amid riots

Namibians nationals in and around Gauteng Province of South Africa have been warned to avoid all hotspots around the province, due to the on-going life-threatening riots.

The cautionary follows the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, which have resulted in a death toll of five foreign nationals.

A media statement issued Tuesday by the Namibian High Commissioner to South Africa, Veiccoh Nghiwete said Namibians in the Gauteng Province should remain vigilant at all times and avoid all hotspots around the Province until the situation has calm down.

The statement noted that the no-go zones include Pretoria Central Business District (CBD); Marabastad; Johannesburg CBD; Hillbrow; Turfontein; Jeppeston; Malvem; Tembisa and Sunnyside.

It further noted that the Commission will appreciate if information regarding any Namibians affected by these current developments is reported to the Namibian High Commission in Pretoria or the Namibian Consulate in Cape Town.

In 2008, about 60 people were killed and over 50 000 were forced out of their homes while in 2015, seven people died in violence in a surge of anti-migrant sentiment.

Source: Namibia Press Agency