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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.

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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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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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Cameroonian drag artist Bebe Zahara Benet has just released the colourful visuals to her latest single 'Banjo'.

The single, which features on her upcoming Broken English EP, is the follow-up to several EPs she's released in the past including Face and Kisses & Feathers as well as a number of singles including "Fun Tonite", "Get Fierce (Lose Yourself)" and "Starting a Fire".

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Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

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