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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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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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