African countries continue to use diplomatic weapons to protest xenophobia in South Africa.
Tanzania’s Transport Ministry has announced that the country’s air carrier has suspended all flights to South Africa with immediate effect.
The minister in charge, Isack Kamwelwe said the motive was to halt flights to the troubled state was in a bid to protect passengers.
He said, “You are aware that there is an ongoing violence in South Africa whereby the youth have taken laws into their hands.
“Due to that, we have decided not to transport passengers to the destination where their lives will be in jeopardy.”
At least 17 people have been killed and hundreds of others arrested since attacks blossomed against foreigners of African extraction.
Pressure is mounting on South Africa to address xenophobic attacks as 4 countries withdrew from the World Economic Forum (WEF) holding in Cape Town. Madagascar and Zambia has also pulled out of the international friendlies with the former apartheid country.
A private air career in Nigeria, Air Peace has also volunteered to bring home Nigerians from South Africa free of charge if they’re willing to return home. On Thursday, the chairman of Nigeria’s ruling party called for the take over of South Africa’s businesses to be managed by Nigerians.