A Zimbabwean truck driver is battling for life at a hospital in Durban, KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa after he was caught up in suspected fresh xenophobic attacks in the neighbouring country.
The Chronicle reports that 100 foreigners, among them Zimbabweans, were forced to flee their homes and seek refuge at Sydenham Police Station.
The incident was confirmed by Zimbabwe’s Consul General to South Africa, Mr Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro on Wednesday. Said Munokonoweshuro:
I can confirm that Tineyi Takawira, a Zimbabwean truck driver is admitted to King Edward Hospital in Durban after he was attacked by protesters in Durban’s Springfield Park informal settlement.
The protesters barricaded roads and intercepted truck drivers demanding to see their identity documents and those found to be foreigners were attacked.
… We believe that there could be a substantial number of our people who were injured during the attacks but we are yet to ascertain the figures. Police have assured us that the situation has calmed down but we will continue to monitor the situation.
KwaZulu Natal provincial SAPS’ spokesperson Colonel Thulani Zwane said that around 70 foreign nationals went to Sydenham Police Station for help on Tuesday night but no serious injuries were reported.