Ghanaian footballer shot in South Africa amid xenophobic attacks

Ghanaian footballer shot in South Africa amid xenophobic attacks

A Ghanaian footballer named Arthur has been shot by South African police in Johannesburg amid rising xenophobic attacks.

The young man was said to have been shot in both legs at close range by the unknown police officers.

The footballer, who is currently hospitalized, was reportedly shot after little altercation with South African police officers.

Ghana’s Ambassador to South Africa, George Ayisi -Boateng, has reacted to the incident, describing it as unfortunate.

He noted that arrangements have been made by the embassy to rush Arthur to the hospital when the news broke.

Meanwhile, the case is said to have been reported to the appropriate authorities as investigation has been launched.

It would be recalled that violent xenophobia attacks in South Africa have resulted into destruction of lives and properties worth millions.

Shops belonging to foreigners from other African countries were vandalized and its items stolen by the demonstrators.

The attackers went on to set fire into some shops owned by Nigerians as there were some shooting and killing incidents hugely recorded.

Presidents, top officials and celebrities from other African countries especially Nigeria have condemned the act.

Meanwhile, had reported that with reports of xenophobic attack still generating a huge concern across Africa, Zambia pulled out of the friendly match against the South African national team on Saturday, September 7, citing security concerns as grounds for the decision.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) felt it would be better to cancel the match due to the violent unrest in Gauteng this week.

FAZ released a statement on Tuesday night, stating that the match would no go ahead as planned at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka. Few days later, Madagascar pulled out of a friendly with South Africa.

By: Rahaman


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