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Lifting Lockdown: A Double-edged Sword for Public Safety?

South Africa faces hard times with crime levels likely to increase and even surpass pre-lockdown levels. By Johan Burger and Rudolph Zinn South Africa’s first levels of lockdown substantially reduced violent crime, making it one of the few countries in the world to record fewer deaths overall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in

Another Nigerian killed in South Africa

The Nigerian community in South Africa has again been thrown into mourning following the killing by unknown gunmen of one of its members who also left two others injured. Odefa Ikele, the National Spokesperson of Nigerian Union South Africa, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in

Xenophobia: Buhari arrives South Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in South Africa on Wednesday for a state visit after an outburst of xenophobic violence in and around Johannesburg stirred tensions between Africa’s leading economic powerhouses. Buhari and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa will meet Thursday to discuss bolstering trade ties and political cooperation as both struggle to

Can South Africa repair its image damaged by xenophobia?

SA needs to end the denialism around xenophobia and engage in frank dialogue with its continental partners. By liesl Louw-vaudran and Mohamed  Diatta Televised footage last week showed hundreds of Nigerians queuing in Johannesburg to be evacuated to their home country. It illustrated the impact of the latest wave of xenophobic attacks targeting African foreign

Ramaphosa apologizes to Nigeria for xenophobic attacks

Godsgift Onyedinefu South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday apologized to the Nigerian government two weeks after deadly xenophobic attacks on immigrants in Johannesburg and Pretoria, according to media reports. Ramaphosa tendered his apology to his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, through Jeff Radebe, Ramaphosa’s special envoy dispatched to Nigeria, the Thisdaylive news

Foreign nationals must obey South Africa laws — Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa says foreign nationals need to abide by the rules and laws of South Africa. He was speaking at a meeting with ANC Johannesburg region branches on Sunday. Ramphosa has dispatched a team of special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several African countries. The team of envoys will brief

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