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About 400 Mozambicans fleeing the wave of violence in South Africa which has, since its inception, killed at least 10, were expected to arrive at the reception centre in Moamba, Maputo province on Monday, 9th September, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation spokesman, Geraldo Saranga has said.
Official figures suggest that more than 500 Mozambicans have lost their homes when they were burned down in South Africa’s xenophobic unrest.
Maputo provincial governor Raimundo Diomba acknowledged the seriousness of the situation involving Mozambicans in South Africa, but said “there should be no retaliation against South African citizens and their property in Mozambique.”
The Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA) has however warned that Mozambican businessmen are losing around US$3 million a day from the shutdown of their activities following the violence in South Africa.
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister and current Speaker of the Chamber of Commerce of Mozambique, Luisa Diogo, says South African authorities must end the wave of xenophobia, “which runs counter to all regional protocols,” stressing that “we live in a global world.”
Source: Voa Portugues
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