South Africa’s ongoing xenophobic attacks against African migrants could take an ugly turn for the worse after the Nigerian based Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram gave Pretoria 24 hours to halt the massacres or face the consequences.
Reports from West Africa indicate the terror group vowed to retaliate by murdering south Africans living in Nigeria if its ultimatum is not heeded.
In a brief video message, the murderous terrorist sect responsible for about 13, 000 deaths in Nigeria since 2009, reportedly threatened to export its terror to South Africa.
Boko Haram warned that if the South African government does not contain the situation, it will execute all South Africans living in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and other surrounding countries
It also threatened to attack South African embassies in the countries. It has not yet been ascertained if the message is genuine or not.
With South Africa’s economy in a downward spiral, local people in major cities like Durban and Johannesburg have taken their frustration out on fellow Africans.
Dozens of migrants have been murdered on the streets in cold blood but according to Nigeria’s minister of state for foreign affairs Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the country is yet to suffer any casualty yet.
Meanwhile today, thousands of people marched through the South African city of Durban to protest the anti-immigrant violence that has left five people dead and thousands displaced.
Around 4,000 people marched through Durban, chanting “down with xenophobia” and “a United Africa” at an event attended by residents, students and local religious and political leaders.
In a suburb of Johannesburg, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Thursday to disperse a crowd of anti-immigrant protesters aiming to attack foreign-owned shops.
The violence first targeted shops owned by foreign nationals, largely from Somalia and Ethiopia. Now it’s spreading against all African foreigners, leaving many feeling terrified and hopeless.