NIGERIA: SONGSTRESS TIWA SAVAGE OPENLY FUMES AT “XENOPHOBIC” ATTACKS AGAINST NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Source: www.africanakua.com | Richard Fiebor, Ghana

Nigerian song writer and performer, Tiwatope Savage, popularly known in the showbiz circles as Tiwa Savage has expressed serious anger and dissatisfaction over the ongoing prejudiced attacks against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

The Sony songstress declared on her twitter account Wednesday that “I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK”.

She further indicated in the post that due to the attacks she has cancelled her performance in South Africa at the DStv delicious Festival scheduled to begin on 21st September , 2019 at Johannesburg.

She said “…For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September…”

She however prays and sympathizes with all victims and families affected by the attacks.

Tiwa Savage’s tweet

BACKGROUND

In the past few days, protestors in South Africa have visited violence on foreign nationals, especially other Africans. Police reports say five people were killed and at least 189 arrested.

The Nigerian government has summoned the South Africa’s High commissioner, claiming Nigerian-owned businesses have been the most targeted.

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the attacks, saying “there can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries”. He has since called for the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.

Shops being looted in Johannesburg

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 attack on foreign nationals increased. Between 2000 and March 2008, at least 67 people died in the attacks. In May 2008, a series of attacks left 62 people dead; although 21 of those killed were South African citizens.

In 2015, another nationwide attack on foreign nationals in general prompted a number of foreign governments to begin repatriating their citizens.

A Pew Research poll conducted in 2018 showed that 62 percent of South Africans viewed immigrants as a burden on society by taking their jobs and social benefits and that 61 percent of South Africans thought immigrants were more responsible for crime than other groups.

Between 2010 and 2017 the immigrant community in South Africa increased from 2 million people to 4 million people.

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