Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who also chairs the Southern African Development Community and the African union, has come under fire over his silence, as xenophobic attacks targeting foreign nationals spread from Durban to Johannesburg.
According to News Day, anxiety and anger gripped Zimbabwe, with opposition politicians and social commentators criticising Mugabe’s Zanu-PF government for taking long to react to the attacks.
At least five foreigners, including a 14-year-old boy, have been killed in attacks since violence erupted last week.
Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was quoted in media reports as saying at least one Zimbabwean had died and a total of 800 had been displaced by the xenophobic attacks.
Ousted former vice president Joice Mujuru and United States-based Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo criticised the government for taking too long to react to the attacks and repatriate its citizens.
Credits – ZNBC