Four Ghanaians are reportedly killed in Kroonstad a small community in South Africa’s Bloemfontein area in xenophobic attacks, a leader of a Ghanaian association has told Joy News.
There’s been no independent confirmation of the incident.
But Secretary of the Ghanaian Community in Bloemfontein Kofi Siaw has told JOYNEWS reports received in the last hour suggest the Ghanaians were allegedly killed by armed youth protesting takeover of local jobs by immigrants.
“What we heard is that for about three days they have not been seen so when they checked on them they have been murdered”, he explained to Joy News Saturday.
Their search, he said, led to the discovery of the four persons in the salon. A two-month-old baby is among the dead.
He said hair-dressing is a popular business run by many Ghanaians in South Africa.
The incident happened in Kroonstad, about 200kilometers from Bloemfontein
Kofi Siaw was emphatic that the deaths could not be by natural causes, as alleged in the case of Emmanuel Quarcoo.
He unfortunately could not provide names of the deceased but assured that the community was frantically making calls in the hopes of identifying the victims.
Listen to Kofi Siaw below:
Efforts to get official confirmation have not been successful yet.
But Joy FM’s partners the BBC is also reporting fresh outbreak of xenophobic attacks the country’s largest city, Johannesburg.
According to the BBC Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse looters in Alexandria as small groups attacked foreign-owned shops. More than 30 people have been picked up.
In Ghana Security has been beefed up at the South African High Commission to avert any possible reprisal attacks.