Zimbabweans in SA sending their possessions home as threats of xenophobic violence grow

Fearing further xenophobic violence and facing an uncertain future with the scrapping of Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), many Zimbabweans have begun sending their possessions home. Recent attacks on illegal immigrants from groups such as Operation Dudula, Dudula movement and PutSouthAfricaFirst have frightened foreign nationals and mostly Zimbabwean nationals.

The recent killing of Elvis Nyathi, who was beaten and burned because he could not produce his papers that he is in the country legally have spooked many foreign nationals. The Zimbabwean government assisted with the burial of Nyathi last week in his home town in Bulawayo.

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Farisai Nyamadzawo, a domestic worker, has lived in Gqeberha with her husband and their two children for 15 years. Her husband repairs washing machines. In March the couple began sending their furniture and appliances to Zimbabwe. “I was afraid that I would end up losing everything. I paid R6000 to transport two refrigerators, a four-plate stove, a set of couches and a washing machine.

Nyamadzawo said, “My children will go in December after schools close and they will not return. Me and my husband will not relocate to Zimbabwe anytime soon, because we are holders of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit.

Samson Chanetsa, owner of Red Lion Bus company, said there has been an increase in the number of goods which are being sent to Zimbabwe. “We are carrying more luggage than passengers because people are afraid of falling victim to xenophobic violence. We used to travel with not more than 40 passengers per trip. We are now having a small number of travellers to Zimbabwe as people are spending more money on sending their luggage,” he said.

Source: Daily Maverick, News24, image from Daily Maverick

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