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South African minister blames Pakistanis, illegal foreigners over unemployment

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South African Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, has blamed the lack of job opportunities for youths in the country on “Pakistanis and illegal foreigners” who take up any available jobs and businesses, leaving the teaming youth population unemployed.

Mbalula who made the allegations while responding to questions at a South African Youth Economic Council (SAYEC) conference on Wednesday, said the “country’s lack of job opportunities for the youth” have been traced to the influx of illegal foreigners in the country.

The minister said to remedy the situation and reverse the trend, there was a “need to interrogate where Pakistani nationals and other migrants” were getting their jobs and businesses from.

He added that the Pakistanis who owned majority of businesses in major cities, had a way of buying them up from their local owners.

Narrating a personal experience, Mbalula said one of his uncles once sold his shop to Pakistanis businessman because he couldn’t compete with them because Pakistani nationals were selling goods and products at a cheaper price.

Mbalula, a former police minister, went on to accuse Pakistani nationals of being “the biggest loan sharks in the country.

“They’ve got an open book and they loan you and your whole pension is going to the Pakistanis. You can even loan up to R500. Your whole pension is going to the Pakistanis every month,” he said.

According to statistics in the country, the overall unemployment rate in South Africa is 35 percent, with youth constituting more than half of that figure and this has frequently led to conflict between immigrants and groups of South Africans who blame foreign nationals for taking jobs and businesses supposedly meant for the locals, often degenerating into xenophobic attacks.

Over the years, protests have erupted throughout the country with frustrations about unemployment, crime, and poor service delivery frequently spilling over to attacks and lynching of foreign nationals and their businesses.

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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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