Zimbabweans fleeing South Africa attacks face bleak future

Zimbabwean migrants who fled a wave of anti-foreigner violence in neighbouring South Africa arrived home Wednesday to the same bleak economic prospects that sent them abroad in the first place.


Visibly dejected as they stepped out of buses at Harare’s main terminus, young working men and women with babies on their backs said their dreams had been destroyed by the attacks which killed seven people and displaced thousands.

“I don’t know what to do next,” said Wonder Nyamutowa, who worked as a construction worker in Durban, a major port city in Africa’s most developed economy.

“I went to South Africa after being retrenched in 2012. I am a breadwinner and I could manage to send money back to my family but I won’t go back.”

Nyamutowa was among hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans who migrated to neighbouring South Africa when their country’s economy went into free fall in the aftermath of a campaign of violent land invasions in the early 2000s.

Thirty-year-old Wesley Jokonya did not even get a taste of the better life that so many of his compatriots seek ‘down south’ — he was forced to flee before finding work.

“I had been in Durban for one-and-a-half months looking for a job,” he said.

“I had not yet found a job when the trouble started. Jobs are not easy to come by here (in Zimbabwe). I don’t know where to start.”

Jokonya made his reluctant journey home on one of the first two buses carrying 85 people from South Africa. Four other buses crossed the border at the same time, and more were expected.

The transport was provided by the government and the International Organization for Migration. The returnees received food packs containing beans, cooking oil and cornmeal as well as blankets.

A small crowd of angry Zimbabweans who had gathered at the bus depot cursed South Africa as an “ungrateful neighbour” as they comforted their compatriots.

Zimbabwe hosted South African exiles during the struggle to end the racist apartheid regime, which formally ended with South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

“It’s sad when a neighbour you once helped in a time of need turns against you,” said Gift Mbare, a local community leader.

Migrants from several African countries have been targeted in a wave of xenophobic violence that started in Durban three weeks ago and then spread to the commercial capital Johannesburg.

At least seven people have been killed in attacks by mobs accusing immigrants of stealing their jobs.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has expressed “shock and disgust” at the attacks.

An estimated one million Zimbabweans live in South Africa, making them the biggest community of foreign nationals in the country.

Hundreds of Malawians and Mozambicans have also returned home over the attacks.

Share this:

Arts & Entertainment

1 Comment on Zimbabweans fleeing South Africa attacks face bleak future

  1. 454738 327887Youd outstanding guidelines there. I did a search about the field and identified that quite likely the majority will agree along with your internet page. 468235

91 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Google
  2. cell repair
  3. 스포츠닥터스
  4. best kona coffee
  5. EvolvedNovelties
  6. ADA Handicap stencil
  7. Google
  8. small dogs
  9. Nevada free business listing
  10. adam and eve coupon code
  11. play games no download
  12. free download for pc windows
  13. free tech
  14. CIO Terbaik
  15. small dogs
  16. dog
  17. nasa robots world
  18. Тест на гражданство на русском языке
  19. pc software full download
  20. apps for pc
  21. luxury sex toys
  22. best vibrating ring
  23. thrusting vibrator
  24. superior auto institute
  25. International Eagle 99001
  26. 오버워치대리사이트
  27. PHP Music website
  28. Song
  29. riva web
  30. superior auto institute
  31. comedy
  32. Double Penetration Vibrator
  33. app for pc
  34. free full download for windows
  35. superior auto institute
  36. free download for laptop pc
  37. sexshop curitiba
  38. Rom Menu Khmer
  39. best coffee of kona
  40. pure kona coffee
  41. strap on
  42. best clit vibrators
  43. miniclip.com
  44. dick extension
  45. Butt Plugs for Beginners
  46. apps download for windows 10
  47. free download for windows 7
  48. Squirmy Rabbit Love-Her
  49. ductless minisplit
  50. remote control vibrator
  51. mulvadi kona coffee beans
  52. 650-669 CSPVDMD Certification Dumps
  53. best rabbit vibrator
  54. real ways to earn money online
  55. rotating vibrator
  56. income from home
  57. butt plug
  58. γιατρας
  59. payday loans
  60. low carb diet plan
  61. wedding dress
  62. Lovehoney
  63. sex toy rabbit
  64. thrusting silicone vibrator
  65. Toy Papi
  66. adam and eve sex toys
  67. szybkie pozyczki
  68. photographer
  69. amazon product Seo
  70. mechanical keyboards
  71. buy real youtube views
  72. microfon spion
  73. cheapest smm panel
  74. g vibrator
  75. buy dildo online
  76. cock ring review
  77. recovery data
  78. Homepage
  79. Arduino store
  80. full version pc games download
  81. 福井脱毛
  82. 福井脱毛
  83. 福井脱毛
  84. China Import Consulting
  85. Site sparkfun: Invalid
  86. how to deal with cheating
  87. work from home 2018
  88. online beats
  89. park ridge
  90. Light expertise SanLiBang
  91. home page

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.