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South African Businesses in Lusaka closed today following protests by students as a security measure to avoid looting.

Students from various institutions of Higher Learning matched to the South African High Commission to deliver a petition over the continued xenophobic attacks in that country.

The students gave the South Africa government 2 days in which to stop the attacks on foreigners failure to which they will continue demonstrating.

At Manda Hill, Kabulonga Shopping Mall and East Park among others, shops were found closed as a security measure despite the protests by students having been peaceful.

And at the Embassy, the students mostly from the University of Zambia led by Zambia national Students Union President Misheck Kakonde chanted slogans denouncing the attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

However, no official was available to receive the petition.

Meanwhile President Edgar Lungu has condemned the ongoing xenophobic attack in South Africa in all its forms and manifestations.

The Head of State says attacks of this nature targeted at foreign nations call for urgent concerted measures by the South African Government and the regional bodies.

He has called on all Zambians both locally and abroad to remain calm and disengage from acts of violence as they voice out their grievance.

President Lungu assured Zambians that together, government is working on solutions to combat xenophobia and bring back the spirit of Ubuntu.

He also urged Zambians to continue praying for peace and unity across the region.

Meanwhile, the Economics Association of Zambia says it will not participate at the World Economic Forum scheduled to start today in Cape Town in South Africa.

EAZ President Lubinda Habazoka said the decision has been taken in view of the xenophobic attacks in that country.

And Africans have come out to boycott South Africa after days of looting and violence targeting foreigners in which five people died.

Nigerian singers and Zambia’s football team are among those in the boycott.

South Africa’s Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu told the BBC the rioters feared losing their jobs to foreigners.

The country has become a magnet for migrants from other parts of Africa.

Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy vowed to never go to South Africa again until the government “wakes up”.

He tweeted that he himself had had his own “xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans” in 2017.

Another Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, announced on Twitter she was pulling out of a concert she had planned to perform at in South Africa in September, condemning “the barbaric butchering of my people”.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Yet another opportunity to develop our own resources and never have Zambians leave their homeland in search of “greener” pastures.

    • South Africa will get isolated, again.

      And this time, rightly so.

      The Boer will see and seize the clear opening that has presented itself and take charge of these black savages

      And these savages will not be helped this time.

    • Meanwhile Shoprite, DSTV and MTN subsidiaries are being threaned in Nigeria as we speak.

      Yabija makani.

      Ugh! Xenophobia uyu achita over, maningi, oversize basa monga Tribalism.

      Jobs jobs jobs.
      “Not every blackman, is my brother; not every whiteman in my enermy”

  2. South Africa will get isolated, again.

    And this time, rightly so.

    The Boer will see and seize the clear opening that has presented itself and take charge of these black savages

    And these savages will not be helped this time.

    • South Africa is chasing foreign non tax payers meanwhile Zambia wants to chase foreign tax payers. I wonder who’s smart between uneducated South Africans and ‘educated’ Zambians? No wonder South African businesses thrive in Zambia.

  3. South Africans,mainly blacks encouraged by other white racists are behind all these xenophobic attacks,let south Africa be isolated again,and we see if their economy can survive,most products of SA are all over Africa

    • And the whole world. Africa is one of the SA smallest market. SA will be better off facing isolation. Most are going that route anyway

  4. Are Africans the only foreigners in South Africa? these mambalaz are used to be ruled, I think they miss apartheid. I see nothing but inferiority complex on all acts of violence on fellow Africans.
    People who don’t even know there own history, SHAME. if other African countries were doing the same during apartheid days, south Africans would be extinct. this makes me really mad, ignorant youths. get your history from your elders

  5. To every action their is an equal and opposite reaction… and these are the same stupid f***s will helped liberate from apartheid,spending millions of kwacha that they have never even thought of paying back,I say close down your shops for good and never come back here again.

  6. South Africans are asking to be under apartheid again bcoz new immigrants will come from India ,Brazil or Europe and they’ll never be beaten bcuz they’re a different race.But black immigrants are fair game.

    • You can’t imagine how many Zimbabweans crossed the boader into South Africa under the Mugabe era after the West ripped the Zimbabwe economy.
      But all the same we can support Xenophobia and Tribalism.

  7. As a specialist in my field it was always a very strange experience to be told by a cleaner in Botswana or a shop attendant in South Africa that I am there to take their jobs. When I ventured into Europe I noticed how grateful the people were that I had joined the ranks of those who were there to make life better with my service – yes including the cleaner on the street each time they learned I was not European. Africans are just a curse unto themselves.

  8. By nature South Africans are bloody thirsty and war like thugs and they have no respect for human life.Which contry has fought more wars internally or externally in Africa? Even at the time ANC was hosted its cadres comitted serious. Crimes. Looting companies from South Africa will not stop matters. Let us build our economic capacities.Zambians should learn to believe in themselves. Home is home. In Botswana they got rid of foreign teachers etc from ZSmbia by changing the rules of the engagement. We don’t learn.

    • Your are not making sense at all. Did you check the with your neighbours DRC and Angola? The last South African war ended in 1910. I forgot you are UNZA (glorified high school) graduate.

  9. Your are not making sense at all. Did you check the with your neighbours DRC and Angola? The last South African war ended in 1910. I forgot you are UNZA (glorified high school) graduate.

  10. South Sudan is also following Suit in Xenophobic attacks on Foreigners. The other day a whole MP in Nairobi intimated that all foreigners should leave Nairobi. Now where are we headed as peoples of this world if we can not realise that nobody choses to be born where he was born. Therefore one has no right to begin chasing away people from a place he did not chose to be born!!!.

  11. Mbangi you really hate Zambia any way you are South African we can’t expect more from you but remember pride always comes before a down fall the UNZA students may use riot but deep down us Zambians have big hearts that love one another and other people we are just like that we have love for everyone we have so many foreigners in Zambia but we will never be like you dispite being poor, you surely think Zambia deepends on the tax that comes from ShopRite and MTN you must be crazy any way you are South African we forgive you

  12. We never kill eny (sa) we need to do the way them do use in sa. .nigerians ikoye falomo lagos is where sa makes money in nigeria blow it of

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