Namibians in South Africa asked to be vigilant amid riots

04 Sep 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibian nationals in and around the Gauteng Province of South Africa have been warned to avoid all areas in the province affected by the ongoing riots.
The cautionary notice follows the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, which have resulted in the deaths of five foreign nationals.
A media statement issued on Tuesday by the Namibian High Commissioner to South Africa, Veiccoh Nghiwete, said Namibians in Gauteng should remain vigilant at all times and avoid all hotspots around the province until the situation has calmed down.
The statement noted that the no-go zones include the Pretoria Central Business District (CBD); Marabastad; Johannesburg CBD; Hillbrow; Turfontein; Jeppeston; Malvem; Tembisa and Sunnyside.
It further called on those with information regarding any Namibians affected by the current developments to report to its office in Pretoria or the Namibian Consulate in Cape Town.
The attacks on foreign stores in these areas began after South African truckers started a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest against the employment of foreign drivers.