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Xenophobic attacks: Ghanaians to be evacuated if necessary – Hannah Tetteh

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hannah Tetteh says Ghanaians who are at risk of xenophobic attacks in South Africa would be evacuated if necessary.

According to her, a decision would be taken after today’s meeting at the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs with African ambassadors to discuss the attacks which started in the coastal city of Durban.

Ms Tetteh has also confirmed the death of a Ghanaian in South Africa. Emmanuel Quarcoo was found by the road side with head injuries.

In a tweet, the Awutu Senya MP said “the matter is being investigated by the South African Police and our embassy is following up on this matter.

“There will be a meeting at the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs with African ambassadors today to discuss the matters. Our Embassy will advise on the need for evacuation of Ghanaian citizens if necessary”.

At least eight people have been confirmed dead in the xenophobic attacks that have rocked the rainbow nation.

Many jobless South Africans, who accuse foreigners of taking their jobs, are attacking Africans and chasing many of them out of their homes.

The attacks have also been condemned by South Africa President, Jacob Zuma, who has described them as “shocking”.

“No amount of frustration or anger can justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops,” he told parliament on Thursday.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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