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4 Sep 2019

Lusaka Times (Zambia)

Zambia: Violent attacks on foreigners hits South African businesses in Lusaka

‘South African business in Lusaka close today amid security concerns’ 4 September 2019

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.

… 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.