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Operation Dudula: Foreigners unsettled as anti-migrants campaigns continue in South Africa

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In South Africa, the activities of the anti-migrants group, Operation Dudula have continued to disrupt the streets of Johannesburg as hundreds marched through the neighbourhood demanding that migrants leave the country and that jobs go to more South Africans.

A report from Johannesburg says most shopkeepers pulled down their metal shutters and foreign staff stayed out of sight as protesters marched through dilapidated Hillbrow, where many African migrants live.

Controversial groups, the Alexandra Dudula Movement and Operation Dudula recently started campaigns against undocumented foreign nationals and the campaigns have been supported by South African communities who feel marginalized.

Slamreportsafrica.com reported last week that President Cyril Ramaphosa asked South African companies not to employ undocumented foreign nationals to avoid tensions with citizens in the country.

However, the President’s appeal does not appear to have pulled much weight as the anti-migrant campaigns by the group have intensified this week.

“We want to see the people of South Africa reclaiming the control of South Africa … and playing a meaningful role in terms of economic activities rather than being spectators,” said Dan Radebe, one of the leaders of the group.

“You cannot sit at more than 50% unemployment rate and still have room to employ illegal migrants,” he said.

Between 2010 and 2017 the immigrant community in South Africa increased from 2 million people to 4 million people. The proportion of South Africa’s total population that is foreign-born increased from 2.8% in 2005 to 7% in 2019, according to the United Nations International Organization for Migration, in spite of widespread xenophobia in the country.

A reliefweb report says the increased number of immigrants in South Africa is largely due to its middle-income status, stable democratic institutions, and comparatively industrialized economy.

Pew Research poll conducted in 2018 showed that 62% of South Africans viewed immigrants as a burden on society by taking jobs and social benefits and that 61% of South Africans thought that immigrants were more responsible for crime than other groups.

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Mali declares 3 days warning after deadliest terrorist attack

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Troubled West African country, Mali declared three days of national mourning following the deadliest recent attacks by Islamist militants.

In a recent ambush on Sunday , 42 soldiers were killed in the northern region of Gao. A statement by the army claimed jihadi extremists used drones, artillery and booby-trapped vehicles.

Armed groups affiliated with al-Qa’ida, have for some time attacked military bases in the West African country. They claimed responsibility for attacks on Mali’s main military base in an attack last month.

Terrorists also recently killed 15 soldiers and three civilians in two separate operations in southwest Mali.

Meanwhile, Mali on Thursday announced the delivery of aircrafts L-39 and Sukhoi-25 jets as well as Mi-24P helicopter gunships were displayed during a ceremony from Russia.

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies. It started by breaking defence alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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Right group, HRW, indicts Cameroonian troops of killing Anglophone separatists

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Right group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Cameroonian troops in the Northwest Regions of killing at least 10 people in a crackdown against anglophone separatists.

HRW indicts Cameroon’s military in a string of allegations monitored in the battle between security forces and English-speaking militants seeking cessation in francophone-majority Cameroon.

According to the report, “Cameroonian soldiers summarily killed at least 10 people and carried out a series of other abuses between April 24 and June 12, during counter-insurgency operations in the North-West region.

“The troops also burned 12 homes, destroyed, and looted health facilities, arbitrarily detained at least 26 people, and are presumed to have forcibly disappeared up to 17 others.”

The Anglophones of Cameroon, 20 per cent of the population, feel marginalised. Their frustrations surfaced dramatically at the end of 2016 when a series of sectoral grievances morphed into political demands, leading to strikes and riots.

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