Prior to 1994, immigrants from elsewhere faced discrimination and even violence in South Africa. After majority rule in 1994, contrary to expectations, the incidence of xenophobia increased. Between 2000 and March 2008, at least 67 people died in what were identified as xenophobic attacks. May 2008, 62 people dead, several hundred injured, voluntary deportation of immigrants to home countries, destruction of immigrant-owned property.
Africans have come out to boycott South Africa after days of looting and violence targeting foreigners in which five people died.
Nigerian singers and Zambia’s football team are among those in the boycott.
South Africa’s social development minister told the BBC the rioters feared losing their jobs to foreigners.
The country has become a magnet for migrants from other parts of Africa. It has one of the continent’s biggest and most developed economies.
Who has boycotted South Africa?
Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy vowed to never go to South Africa again until the government “wakes up”.
He tweeted that he himself had had his own “xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans ” in 2017.
Another Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, announced on Twitter she was pulling out of a concert she had planned to perform at in South Africa in September, condemning “the barbaric butchering of my people”.
I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.
It is not clear whether any Nigerians have died in the violence but the singer later clarified that “my people” could be any African person.
The Nigerian government has also boycotted the World Economic Forum meeting in Cape Town. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was originally expected to attend the regional meeting between business leaders and governments.
And the country has issued a travel warning to its citizens, tweets Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s assistant.
A travel advisory issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
…”due to the tension created by the attacks, the Government of Nigeria wished to advice Nigerians to avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas until the situation is brought under control.”