SACBTA STATEMENT ON XENOPHOBIA

PRESS STATEMENT ON XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA
19th September 2019.
Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association (SACBTA) is greatly perturbed by the recurring of
xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Burning and killing of foreign nationals and truck drivers in cold
blood and in broad day light makes sad reading. As the region SADC is faced with numerous
challenges such as unemployment and poverty, many people have been forced to find alternative
livelihoods and some have dealt with these challenges through cross border trade and seeking
employment in neighboring countries as a survival strategy. Many of these are harmless women and
youths.
SACBTA works with traders in the SADC region to advocate for the free movement of persons,
goods and services in the region and also supports the establishment of simplified trade regime (STR)
in the SADC region. We therefore urge the South African Government to urgently take steps to
protect the sanctity of life. We also urge all SADC governments to work towards addressing the
growing violence against “seemingly foreign” nationals yet they belong to the same regional
grouping and continent. This will go a long way in promotion of peace and stability in Africa.
Issued by the Secretary General:
AUGUSTINE TAWANDA (Mr.)
SECRETARY GENERAL
SOUTHERN AFRICA CROSS BORDER TRADERS ASSOCIATION (SACBTA)
Email: info@sacbta.org
Http:www.sacbta.org
SACBTA Head Office
No. 2 Sam Nujoma Street/Kenneth Kaunda Avenue, Reliance Plaza Building, Suite 106, Harare, Zimbabwe.
Tel: +263 242 707 944
Mobile: + 263 772 259 620



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