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04-Sep-2019  
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A Tanzanian businessman living in the South African city of Johannesburg has told the BBC Swahili service that it is very dangerous for foreign nationals to travel around at the moment because of the continuing hostility towards foreign nationals.

"The situation is really bad, there is no security," said Yusuph Omar, who was living in South Africa for five years.

"People are being beaten and properties burned."

Locals were targeting guesthouses - where some migrants live - and car-sale yards were being burned and looted, he added.

However, Mr Omar said it was the Nigerians who were mainly being targeted as South Africans allege they are involved in criminal activities.

"It is not easy to distinguish who is from Nigeria or another country, all foreigners here are left in fear," he said.

Hostility towards African migrants is not uncommon in South Africa, where unemployment is high and locals accuse them of taking their jobs.

But Mr Omar said that in his opinion foreigners tended to work harder than South Africans.

Other African governments have been expressing fears this week for their citizens living in South Africa.

On Wednesday, Jean Kamau, Kenya's high commissioner to South Africa, confirmed that Kenyans were among the victims of arson and looting. Several Kenyans had also been attacked in Gauteng province, she said.
 
 
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