SA MUSIC BANNED IN ZAMBIA, SHOPS LOOTED
The bizarre feud between South Africa and the rest of the continent is escalating. Pick N Pay and MTN stores have been targeted on foreign soil.
A culture war is brewing between South Africa and its continental neighbors following a spate of xenophobic attacks over the weekend in Gauteng. It seems the fallout is having far-reaching consequences, as Zambia became the latest African country to take a stand against SA business.
Videos have surfaced online of a Pick n Pay store in Lusaka being ransacked by locals, who are looting the establishment as part of a revenge plot. Foreign store owners in Mzansi had their businesses raided by gatvol locals who are blaming immigrants for a number of societal ills, and five people have died as a result of the violence.
South African stores looted abroad
Although the majority of the deceased were South Africans, that hasn’t stopped a fierce international condemnation coming our way. Nigeria has lead the charge, as several Shoprite stores (South African-owned, like Pick n Pay) were looted, damaged or raided in retaliation to the xenophobia seen in GP.
South African shops being attacked in Zambia. pic.twitter.com/8ch8kkQzyl
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) September 4, 2019
Several MTN offices have also been subject to wanton vandalism and destruction across Nigeria. The company have made the unusual decision to close all of their stores across the country, in a bid to prevent further protests flaring-up and putting their staff at risk. There have been multiple reports of fires at some locations:
— Tola (@kolade_miles) September 4, 2019
Zambia lifts the bar
But arguably, we haven’t seen the most bizarre retaliation yet. It’s back to Zambia for this one. Popular radio station Hot FM is now refusing to Play any South African music whatsoever. This comes just hours after the Zambian Football Association pulled out of a friendly with Bafana Bafana, in protest of xenophobia.
In light of the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, Hot Fm will cease to play music by South African artists on our airwaves until further notice.
All African nations, whether Frontline states… https://t.co/DTk8dZiiKN
— HotFMZambia (@HOT877Zambia) September 4, 2019
There has been a wave of controversy over the past few days, but celebrity reactions to the crisis have helped fan the flames of discontent. Nigerian artists Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage have announced they will refuse to perform in South Africa, falsely claiming that citizens from their country were killed in the protests.
Meanwhile, a spate of “fake news” has also hampered any potential chances of reconciliation. Irresponsible social media users have used out-of-date videos and shared false information online, claiming that immigrants and locals are burning each other alive and raiding schools.
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