One Ghanaian shot in SA in xenophobic attack

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One Ghanaian has been shot in West Hills a suburb in Johannesburg province in South Africa last night in a fresh attack.

He was shot in the leg when violence erupted between some South Africans and foreigners in the area.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ program, Chairman of the Ghanaians Association in Kempton Park Johannesburg, Wofa Atta explained that they received a report of the attack Wednesday morning.

“However, I can confirm that he is in a stable condition and is also receiving treatment,”  he said.

He explained that he was shot in the leg but currently a Ghanaian team has been dispatched to the area to assist him.

He, however, added that police have been able to bring the situation under control but cautioned Ghanaians in any other province to contact their various groups or the Ghanaian mission when there is an attack in their area.

The government of Ghana should also get in touch with the government of South Africa to ensure that total peace is restored to enable them to continue with their daily activities.

The government has been urged to break ties with South Africa after another round of xenophobic attacks on Africans has left five dead and several shops torched.

Ghana’s left-wing political movement, Economic Fighters League has called for the severing of diplomatic ties with South Africa.

The statement signed by Fighter-General Hardi Yakubu said a break-off with the South African government will “force them to do the right thing.”

Human rights groups and several African governments have expressed worry that the South African government is doing little to deal with xenophobic rage.

The Nigerian government has summoned the South Africa High Commissioner while Zambia has warned truck drivers who work in the country to stay away.

Joining in the condemnation, the Economic Fighters League said the South African government ‘continues to deny the existence of the problem’.

South Africa’s Police Minister, Bheki Cele, said on Monday that, “criminality rather than xenophobia” was to blame for the “senseless violence”.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also refused to call the attacks xenophobic describing it as ‘anti-foreigner violence’.





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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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