Ghanaians residing in South Africa have appealed to fellow nationals in Ghana to stop publishing old pictures and videos of xenophobic attacks in South Africa whenever there’s news that such attacks have begun.
In what appears to be an annual ‘ritual’ where foreigners are attacked by indigenous South Africans in the month of September, Social media is always awash with pictures and videos of the attacks most of the time being old videos.
But speaking in an interview on Kasapa 102.5FM/Agoo TV on reports that the Xeno attack may start soon, a Ghanaian resident in South Africa, Isaac Mapol, condemned the publishing of such old videos and pictures which usually do not reflect the situation on the ground at the time.
He said such actions cause huge anxiety among their family members in Ghana.
“I want to appeal to our leaders, our media houses and people on social media to stop publishing old videos of xenophobic attack in South Africa when there’s news that such attacks have started. Sharing such videos create fear and panic in our family member in Ghana. I remember that an incident happened in 2015 during the attacks but pictures of that attacks were shown in 2020 when the attacks began. Such things cause us so much worry and I plead that people put a stop to it.”
Meanwhile, Ghana’s High Commission in South Africa (SA) has warned Ghanaians living in that country of a planned attack on foreigners in the country by groups of South Africans.
According to the High Commission, various groups against the presence of foreigners have announced or broadcast plans to attack, rusticate or remove foreigners from their jobs or workplaces in the country from the beginning of September 2022.
“Whilst recognizing that this is not a government or state policy, such activities by individuals or groups could degenerate into violence aimed at foreigners or threaten their lives, safety and livelihood.
“The Mission would thus advise members of the Ghanaian community to be vigilant to any such incident, restrict their movements to safe areas, avoid mass gatherings and refrain from engaging in activities that could result in conflicts, brawls, or deterioration in their safety,” it added.