Xenophobia: Ghanaians not entirely safe in South Africa – Ghanaian resident

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A Ghanaian resident in South Africa, Kofi Osei (name withheld), has debunked earlier reports that Ghanaians in South Africa are safe as Xenophobic attacks in the rainbow nation escalate.

Although the cause of the ongoing attacks is not known, unconfirmed reports link the attacks to a supposed illegal drug business gone wrong between Nigerians and some South Africans contradicting earlier reports of Nigerians taking up business of south African youth.

Ghana’s High Commissioner  to South Africa, Mr George Ayisi-Boateng, mentioned earlier that the xenophobic attacks in South Africa has not affected any Ghanaian.

He added that the mission was keenly monitoring the developments and offering the needed advice and guidance to Ghanaians living there, stressing that they were safe.

Speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, Kofi Osei, however explained that the irate South African Youth do not lookout for Nigerians before launching the attack.

He noted that these youth target foreigners in South Africa  and that Ghanaians are not exempted.

According to him, some of the shops razed by these irate youths are owned by Ghanaians as well as other foreign nationals.

Asked if there would be the need for Ghanaians to be airlifted from South Africa back to Ghana, Kofi Osei stated that it has not gotten to that level even though they live in fear.

He asked Ghanaians in South Africa to be cautious of their movements and look out for safe havens when the need arises.

Another Ghanaian resident in South Africa, Frank Mantey, has asked government to make plans to airlift Ghanaians who wish to return from South Africa just like Nigeria is doing.

The owner of a Nigerian airline, Air Peace, has offered to airlift Nigerians from South Africa following reports of xenophobic attacks on migrants, specifically Nigerians free of charge.

According to Frank, some Ghanaians have lost properties and entire investments in South Africa and as such would be miserable if government does not make plans to bring back such persons to Ghana.

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa