Botswana and Zimbabwe issue travel warnings following xenophobic attacks

By Doug Mattushek - 05 September 2019Views : 2551

South Africa's neighbours are the latest nations to issue a travel warning to citizens heading to Mzansi.

Botswana's Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation urged its citizenry to "remain vigilant:" in South Africa due to xenophobic attacks.

"The Ministry further cautions Batswana residing in South Africa to also avoid areas where unrest is occurring and encourages them to remain vigilant at all times," the statement issued in Gaborone said.

"The Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation will continue to monitor the events as they unfold and to advise the public accordingly."

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At least five people have been killed and over 200 arrested in Gauteng after widespread looting in Johannesburg and Pretoria earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwean authorities issue a similar statement, calling the attacks "barabic" and "despicable".

"All Zimbabweans living in South Africa, and those travelling to the country are urged to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety," said Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa.

"The government and people of Zimbabwe condemn the barbaric acts, which clearly offends the spirit of African unity and solidarity espoused by the African Union's founding fathers in Addis Ababa in 1963.

"These despicable attacks come at an opportune time when African leaders have just launched a continent-wide Africa Free Trade Area, which has opened exciting economic opportunities that facilitate free movement of capital, labour, goods, and services."