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Here is All the Fake News About South Africa's Current Xenophobic Attacks

These are confirmed accounts of what's really happening since the attacks began.

Since last week, South Africa has been embroiled in a fresh spate of xenophobic attacks towards African foreign nationals living in the central parts of Johannesburg. However, the volatile situation has unfortunately given fake news the opportunity to unnecessarily stoke the flames even more. There are stories, videos and images circulating on social media platforms which are either old or entirely unrelated to the current xenophobic attacks. Here is as much of the viral fake news we've managed to round up along with a comprehensive picture of what's really going on.


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Recently, Burna Boy, AKA, YCee and several other artists got into a heated argument on social media over the current xenophobic attacks against Nigerian foreign nationals especially. Tiwa Savage went on to cancel her scheduled show at the Delicious Festival happening this month in South Africa after tweeting that, "I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA."

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There have been no confirmed or verified reports by any media publications in South Africa that any Nigerian national has been killed. Of course, it also goes without saying that there is the possibility of unreported attacks and deaths by mainstream media especially in smaller areas outside of Johannesburg. Several media outlets, including The South African, reported that as of last week Tuesday, five people had been killed in the xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg. One of the deceased, a woman, was confirmed to be a Zimbabwean national while three others were South African citizens. The death toll then rose to seven after two burnt bodies were found in the Northern township of Alexandra, after members of the community looted several shops and subsequently set them alight in their hunt for foreign nationals. Neither the identities nor the nationalities of the deceased have been confirmed.

At least 189 people have been arrested thus far in connection to the xenophobic violence and looting of stores in various parts of Johannesburg. Yesterday, the former leader of opposition party Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Mangosuthu Buthelezi attempted to address an angry crowd of residents from hostels in the Eastern part of Johannesburg and condemn the current xenophobic attacks. However, before Buthelezi could even continue with his speech, the crowd chanted "foreigners must go back to where they came from" and got up and left.

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A fresh set of xenophobic attacks erupted yesterday morning in Malvern and saw two people being killed. Again, the nationalities of both the deceased have not been confirmed.

In the wake of these xenophobic attacks, the South African embassy in Nigeria, along with telecommunications giant, MTN, and retailers including PEP and Shoprite, have all temporarily closed operations after Nigerian citizens attacked them in response to the xenophobic violence in South Africa. Admittedly, South African law enforcement has been struggling to maintain order and Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has threatened to deploy the army should the situation not be resolved soon. While President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the violence, although he has also been accused of inciting it in the first place along with the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Herman Mashaba, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is set to make a state visit to South Africa in an attempt to address Nigeria's growing concerns over the violence.

EWN compiled several videos which have been identified as fake news. Some of the videos are old, unrelated to the current xenophobic attacks or did not take place in South Africa altogether. Please be advised that the content below may upset sensitive viewers.

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Sho Madjozi Accuses Organizers of 'Africans Unite' of Using Xenophobia as a 'Marketing Ploy'

The South African rapper has spoken out about why she declined to perform at the now cancelled concert.

Yesterday, the much-anticipated "Africans Unite" concert was cancelled after Burna Boy pulled out of his scheduled performances in South Africa. This comes after South African artists spoke out against Burna Boy performing following his heated Twitter exchange with rapper AKA. While some were disappointed, others felt the exact opposite. Sho Madjozi, who has weighed in on the debate before during the September xenophobic attacks, has once again spoken out. This time, the "John Cena" star has called out against the organizers of the concert, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa.

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South Africa has Apologized to Nigeria for the Recent Xenophobic Violence

A special envoy was sent to Nigeria to express the first of President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'sincere apologies'.

Yesterday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sent a special envoy to Abuja, Nigeria, to meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari according to the eNCA. The envoy was tasked with expressing President Ramaphosa's "sincere apologies" for the recent spate of xenophobic attacks targeting foreign African nationals in South Africa. Of the twelve people who were killed during the week of the xenophobic attacks, two of them were Zimbabwean and the rest South African. However, hundreds more were affected by the violence, with the Nigerian government having opted to voluntary evacuate at least 600 Nigerians who wanted to return home.

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Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

Read: Bringing African Artifacts Home

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