Government Sets Up Inter-Ministerial Crisis Team to Monitor Situation In South Africa

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Addressing the media this morning, Ambassador John Mugume Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary said the committee will monitor the situation in South Africa and advice government accordingly as it continues to liaise with the Ugandan High Commission in Pretoria.

 Government has set up an Inter-Ministerial Crisis Team at the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs to monitor the situation in South Africa.  It follows the recent outbreak of Xenophobic attacks in South Africa, targeting nationals of other African countries.
 
Addressing the media this morning, Ambassador John Mugume Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary said the committee will monitor the situation in South Africa and advice government accordingly as it continues to liaise with the Ugandan High Commission in Pretoria.
 
He said that the ministry has confirmed through its High Commission in Pretoria that no Ugandan has been killed in the attack apart from a case of murder resulting from a robbery.
 
 
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He advises Ugandans in South Africa to exercise maximum caution by staying within the communities they reside, especially those in Durban and Johannesburg.He says in case the attacks continue, government is ready to evacuate all Ugandans caught up in the attacks. Ambassador Mugume says there are at least 200 legally registered Ugandan nationals in South Africa.
 
He says the committee is to find out where the unregistered Ugandans stay in South Africa and will help them register.
 
 
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Wendy Swartz, the South African High Commissioner to Uganda says her government has set up a panel of experts to advise on how to integrate foreign nationals in South Africa.
 
 
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She says that in order to legalize foreigners trading in South Africa, they have established a new ministry for small business development.
 
 
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The latest outbreak of violence against immigrants in South Africa flared up two weeks ago after the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini reportedly asked foreign nationals to pack their bags and leave.
 
Members of the Zulu ethnic group took this as an invitation to attack foreign nationals from Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Somalia and Ethiopia amongst others.
 
South African media reports indicate that over 75 perpetrators of the attacks have been arrested.