CAMA urges Malawians to shun South African shops

Written by  Sam Phiri

The consumer Body Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) has appealed to Malawians to boycott buying from South African based shops as a response to xenophobic attacks currently taking place in the rainbow nation.

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The second xenophobic attacks have seen scores of Malawians and other Africans who migrated to South Africa losing property and even lives.

A press statement signed by the body's Executive Director John Kapito at the weekend urges Malawians to observe ‘Black Friday Boycotts’ by putting on black clothes as well as boycotting shopping items from shops like Shoprite, PEP and Game Stores spread across the country.

"We are appealing to all Malawians that this coming Friday 24th April, 2015 we must not buy any product or service especially from the targeted outlets as well as putting on black clothes or ribbons as a symbol of mourning," reads the statement.

The statement further says the mourning will take place for four consecutive weeks because it’s a fact that the buying of items from such shops significantly contribute directly or indirectly to south African so its a way of makingh them  feel the pinch.

"We are also calling informing the owners of Shoprite, Game Stores and PEP stores that their shops must remain closed on this particular day to avoid any unnecessary incidences," says Kapito in the statement.

Meanwhile south African President Jacob Zuma has said its wrong to generalize all south Africans as perpetrators of the attacks saying it’s a a small group of people behind the attacks.

Zuma who cancelled his Indonesian trip to visit displaced victims at Chatsworth in Durban on Sartuday afternoon thanked the media and the African union for condemning the attacks.

“We reiterate our message that there can be no justification for the attacks on foreign nationals,"
"These attacks go against everything we believe in. The majority of South Africans love peace and good relations with their brothers and sisters in the continent." Zuma said in a statement.
On March 20, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's comments at a moral regeneration event in Pongola started gaining traction as being one of the causes of hostilities.
According to a translation from Zulu, he wanted foreigners who caused problems, such as crime, to leave the country.
A ''deadline'' for April 1 for this is reported.
The Royal Household Trusts chairperson Judge Jerome Ngwenya, denies the link between xenophobia and the king's comments, saying as far as he knows the violence started at a shopping complex where one foreigner shot another dead.

He also denied the king wanted foreigners to be deported.

On April 1, President Jacob Zuma’s eldest son, Edward Zuma, told the Media that: "We need to be aware that as a country we are sitting on a ticking time bomb of them [foreigners] taking over the country.

"The reason why I am saying that is because some of the foreigners are working for private security companies where they have been employed for cheap labor. These companies are running away from complying with South African labor laws."

He said he fully agreed with Zwelithini’s sentiments that "foreigners needed to leave the country".

But president Zuma was criticized for not dealing with his son Edward's comments, or Zwelithini's remarks.

In Parliament he was lambasted by EFF leader Julius Malema over the xenophobia with Malema saying government policies, landlessness and poverty were the real problems, not xenophobia.

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