Zambian Opposition Leader Blames Zimbabweans For SA Xenophobia

Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has blamed Zimbabweans for xenophobic attacks in South Africa over the past years.

Hichilema, who leads the United Party for National Development (UPND), was speaking to SABC News’ Foreign Editor Sophie Mokoena, on Thursday. He said:

It is important to our country, to this region that we have stability in Zambia because instability in Zambia has a negative effect on South Africa as we saw in Zimbabwe.

When Zimbabwe was unstable, it created unnecessary pressures here (South Africa) arising from immigration because Zimbabweans were leaving their country because it was unsafe (and) flooded South Africa.

We would not be far from the truth to say the xenophobic behaviour that we saw was arising from the pressures of Zimbabweans coming into South Africa and assumed to have taken jobs that South Africans would have ordinarily occupied.

South Africa has experienced xenophobic attacks over the past few years as local people accuse foreigners of taking their jobs and committing crimes, among other accusations.

Millions of Zimbabweans, mostly undocumented, now live in South Africa having fled from years of economic decline presided over by ZANU PF.


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5 comments on “Zambian Opposition Leader Blames Zimbabweans For SA Xenophobia

  1. Unfair and unreasonable analysis from an unfortunate would be leader of a great nation .Theres Congolese ,Somalies Nigerians Pakistinians then Indians, in great numbers let alone from the region ,Malawians your fellow Zambians then due to the geographical location Zimbabweans with current economic situation in Zim ,So Why single out Zimbabweans only ,Wait look at the Chinese and what they have done to your Country aint they not coming out in thousands to your great nation its Good you want to run for presidential Office, KZN Durban an SA has the most population of Indians in the world outside of India leaving and working there Why Zimbabweans

  2. Lungu tell your puppy that Zimbabwe is not what Yu ought it to be ..It shall remain great as it used to be .lf you get back to your history when the Us$ was well equiv toZim dollar it’s still possible sir.Remember after storm comes calm .We will not continue crying.Its only time when the tide will turn.Our land and it’s rich resources have not been depleted.Neither geographical position tampered with..

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