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Zimbabwe has Announced it Will Also Evacuate its Citizens from South Africa

The Zimbabwean government is making arrangements for citizens affected by xenophobia to return home.

Recently, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the government would be working with private airline Air Peace, to voluntary evacuate Nigerians affected by South Africa's xenophobic violence. As of this morning, several buses have collected hundreds of Nigerian citizens, including women and children, and transported them to O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for the scheduled flights back to Lagos. News24 reports that the Zimbabwean government has now announced that it is also making arrangements for Zimbabweans under threat in South Africa, to safely return home.


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The Herald reports that 171 Zimbabweans have been affected by the current xenophobic attacks with two others having lost their lives. Zimbabwe's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Sibusiso Moyo, said that, "Government is deeply saddened by this occurrence and is currently in the process of making arrangements to urgently repatriate the affected citizens back home." Moyo added that, "Meanwhile, our Consulate in South Africa is engaging some international organisations for support to the affected citizens. Government continues to monitor the situation with a view to escalating the evacuation exercise should the situation deteriorate."

It is unclear when exactly the Zimbabwean government intends to begin the voluntary evacuation. While returning to Zimbabwe is indeed voluntary, many Zimbabweans who had left the country because of political unrest, poverty, unemployment, hyperinflation and constant food and fuel shortages, are now being forced to leave the very country they'd hoped would improve their situation.

READ: Understanding South Africa's Violent Inferiority Complex

While there has been a ton of fake news being circulated on social media, of the twelve deaths that have been confirmed and verified by mainstream South African media, ten of them have actually been South Africans. In addition to those who have lost their lives, the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of foreign nationals from all over Africa have been affected by the xenophobic violence in Johannesburg.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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