No Zambian attacked in xenophobia wave

Stand-off continues ... South African Police try to control a protester. Picture- AFP Pho
Stand-off continues ... South African Police try to control a protester. Picture- AFP Pho

The Zambian High Commission to South Africa has maintained that no Zambian has been brutally murdered in the on-going xenophobic attacks that erupted a fortnight ago in that country.

And Zambians living in South Africa have praised government for being proactive and showing concern for its citizens during the xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals.

In a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today by First Secretary for Press Nicky Shabolyo, the Zambian High Commission has established that no Zambian has been caught up in the attacks and killings.

Mr Shabolyo said the High Commission was made aware during meetings in Durban between Zambians resident in the city and embassy officials that no Zambian in Durban or other parts of South Africa that had been either injured or burnt to death in the xenophobic attacks.

The Mission officials told Zambians in Durban that President Edgar Lungu was concerned with their safety and has taken a personal interest in the matter and is constantly in touch with the High Commission.

And Vice President of Tiyende Pamodzi Zambia Association Mulenga Chilufya said the members were impressed with government’s timely intervention to send its officials to Durban to assess the situation.

“It is indeed gratifying that officials from the High Commission have been brave enough to come to Durban to check on us even with these reports of violence. We are indeed grateful to our government,” said Chilufya.

Tiyende Pamodzi Zambia Association is an organisation of Zambians living in Durban and looks after the interests of Zambians living in that city and other parts of South Africa.

Mr Shabolyo further said that the Zambian mission established that no Zambian is in a situation that would warrant evacuation by government following the attacks on foreign nationals.

He said a check at temporary camps where foreigners who have fled the violence are being kept by South African authorities revealed that there were no Zambians who have gone there to seek refuge.

The delegation from the mission comprised Zambia’s Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa, Joe Kaunda, First Secretary for Political Affairs, Josephat Sakala, First Secretary for Immigration, Joyce Chimalilo and First Secretary for Press & Public Relations, Mr. Nicky Shabolyo.