South Africa has become a punching bag and may attract diplomatic fallout with other nations following the attacks on foreigners including their businesses and property.
However, on Wednesday afternoon, the South African Police rejected the circulating messages on social media and described them as fake and not from south Africa.
According to Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo the spokesperson of national South African Police Service (SAPS), Most of the text messages, videos and pictures circulated to intimidate foreign nationals are fake or old.
“Many people are posting fake and old messages, pictures and videos and some of them are gruesome. This has the potential to incite further violence,” he warned.
“Ninety-nine percent of them are either old or they are fake, or they are not from this country,” he told South African media Wednesday.
However, South African police have arrested 189 people following several days of fresh xenophobic violence in Pretoria and Johannesburg in Gauteng as well as in other cities. At least five people have been killed during the sporadic violence against foreign-owned businesses
Beginning today, South Africa is hosting the World Economic Forum in Cape Town but some African leaders have boycotted this meeting because of the ongoing xenophobic attacks.
Rwanda is also cited among the country’s that have boycotted this forum although a small delegation has been sent to Cape Town. South African government expressed concerns that presidents of the DRC, Malawi and Rwanda will not be heading to the event.
Ambassador Olivier Nduhungirehe Minister of State in the Foreign Affairs Ministry says his attending and is accompanied by ICT Minister Musoni Paula and Claire Akamanzi the CEO Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
President Paul Kagame has been a regular participant at the World Economic Forum Editions.
More than a thousand regional and global leaders from politics, business, civil society and academia are discussing Africa’s way forward.
This 28th edition in Cape Town on Africa is taking place under the theme ‘Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’.