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Kenyans reactions after South Africa xenophobic attacks on foreigners
Kenyans in South Africa were last evening demanding compensation after some of their compatriots lost property to looters in xenophobic attacks.
The Kenya Diaspora in South Africa (Kedesa) said it was working with the High Commission to formally ask South African authorities to compensate them. The demand came after it emerged that two Kenyans were among the dozens of foreigners who incurred losses to the violence that started in Gauteng Province, the administrative region where the commercial capital Johannesburg is located.
Kedesa said the victims were law-abiding people running businesses in the area of the city known as Malvern when a mob descended on their establishments, looted and burnt them down.
“One of us has lost his stock of clothes worth about 200,000 rand (Sh1.4 million). That was his entire source of income. Another lost a portion of it, but what is left equally destroyed; it is charred. This was also the end of the month when they would be making good sales,” Kedesa chairman Godfrey Kamatu told the Nation by phone.