[I lost interest in the violence here in Johannesburg after the 1st 3-4 days. The reports in the suburbs and areas around Johannesburg and where I live, fell and most of us just ignored the black on black nonsense. But I see that the blacks are still at it and more Nigerians have fled – jumping on free flights to get the heck out of South Africa. Even Mozambicans (former Portuguese colony) are still fleeing. I know a Zimbabwean who almost never goes back to Zimbabwe and he fled a week before this.
JOHANNESBURG – The country’s businesses have started counting the cost of the ongoing xenophobic attacks on foreigners that have claimed at least 10 lives in South Africa.
Captains of industry said on Monday that they were working with the authorities to stem the tide of violence as retaliatory attacks on the continent continue to halt trading.
In the past week, the operations of MultiChoice, MTN, Vodacom, Shoprite and Pick n Pay were disrupted in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Malawi as locals trashed stores in revenge attacks.
The executives met the SAPS’s top brass, including Police Minister Bheki Cele, to express their concerns about the effect on business operations and to try to map a way forward.
The president of the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, advocate Mtho Xulu, said the violence had seriously affected the free flow of goods on the continent.