Scottish mining company calls back Sth. African staff

Kenmare is the second firm to repatriate South African workers from Mozambique after Sasol sent 340 employees back home for their safety last week.

Scottish mining company calls back Sth. African staff

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kenmare Resources has repatriated 62 South Africans working at its titanium mine in Mozambique for their safety after anti-immigrant attacks back home, the Irish mining firm said on Monday.

At least seven people have been killed in a wave of anti-immigrant violence that started this month in Durban, a key port on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast. The violence spread to the biggest commercial city ofJohannesburg last week, with police patrolling trouble spots.

Kenmare said operations at its Moma Mine located on the north east coast of Mozambique to continue without significant disruption if the situation is resolved "in the near future."

South African business officials said they were also concerned that other African countries could decide to boycott products or services from Africa's most advanced economy, which could have significant impact on their operations.

"The concern is the longer this drags on and the more anti-South African business sentiments starts to creep up across the continent then naturally our retail members could come under attack," Gwarega Mangozhe, chief executive of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, which represents over 12,000 members consisting of retailers and manufacturers told Reuters.

Thousands of foreigners have sought refuge in camps set up in Johannesburg and Durban and the governments of Zimbabwe and Malawi began bussing some of their nationals back home.

Violence flared after Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said in remarks widely reported by South African media in March that foreigners should leave the country. Zwelithini has since said his comments were misinterpreted.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Nisan 2015, 13:11