Government to repatriate xenophobia victims

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Government today in Harare announced its obligation to repatriate 171 Zimbabweans affected by the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

By Marshall Bwanya

Government today in Harare announced its obligation to repatriate 171 Zimbabweans affected by the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Addressing Journalists at a post cabinet meeting Foreign Affairs Minister Busisa Moyo said it was government’s responsibility to protect their citizens.

“As far as the current situation is concerned it has been reported that there are 171 Zimbabweans who had been affected who requested they be repatriated.

“Those are the arrangements government is making including the two who are deceased,”, he said.

Moyo reiterated that repatriation exercise was a voluntary request made by Zimbabwean nationals affected by the recent xenophobic attacks.

Some 12 foreign nationals have since been killed in the recent xenophobic attacks.

A total 639 people have been arrested so far for several criminal offences including looting and violence.