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South African crowds walk out of anti-xenophobia speech”

MultiChoice CEO, Calvo Mawela, said its operations in Nigeria were shut for four days, affecting the company's ability to connect with customers, but calm had since returned. In South Africa, mobs looted and demolished some shops mostly belonging to foreign nationals.

"We are facing a rising tide of hatred and intolerance, no different to the rising tide of hatred in Nazi Germany", said Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg, noting that, "If we do not take urgent action to stop it, there will be nothing left". Police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to battle protesters armed with knives and sticks seeking to drive African migrants out of the city.

South Africa has Africa's most-industrialized economy and attracts many residents of poorer nations on the continent who relocate in search of a better life. Their increased prevalence in several poor areas has sparked resentment among locals, who see them as competitors for jobs, business opportunities and affordable housing.

Police spokesman Kay Makhubela confirmed that two people suspected to be foreigners were killed in the violence Sunday night and said that at least 640 people have been arrested since the violence erupted last week. Another seven people died in similar attacks in 2015.

South African-owned stores such as Shoprite and MTN closed their doors in Nigeria last week after their premises were attacked, supposedly in retaliation to the violence that was meted out against foreigners in South Africa.

Zambia's bishops said they were "deeply saddened" by the attacks. MTN is concerned about the long-term effect the xenophobic attacks were having on investor sentiment, he said.

The minister also said that a total of 639 people had been arrested for various offenses over the last few weeks that the looting and violence had occurred. Imagine what will happen if these countries choose to boycott even our products that we export to them?

"They are about 600 now" to be flown back, said Adamu, A first flight will carry 320 Nigerians, he said, adding: "We will have another one immediately after that". The organization also urged the commission to "seek in the case to the African Court, punitive damages and adequate compensation of $10 billion (USD) on behalf of hundreds of Nigerian victims and their families".

Speaking on the issue, Ramaphosa called on law enforcement agencies to be firm against individuals taking the law into their own hands.

In a video address on Twitter on Thursday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said attacks on businesses run by foreign nationals is "something totally unacceptable, something that we can not allow to happen in South Africa".



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