|Ndansi addressing journalists|
“It’s embarrassing that Cameroon has remained quiet up till now despite the fact that over 1000 of its nationals are in South Africa,” Ndansi told journalists in a press briefing in Yaounde on Saturday April 18.
He said government should denounce the spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa with the same energy it has used against Boko Haram,
Cameroonians have expressed disgust, mostly via social media, at the loathsome attacks, joining their voices to a massive international outcry.
Officials at the ministry of External Relations (foreign affairs) were unavailable for comments at the time of this report.
Some Cameroonians living in South Africa told News Watch they are not sure government will offer to protect and repatriate them like the governments of other African countries are doing for their citizens trapped in the country.
“Malawi and Zimbabwe are repatriating their citizens based in South Africa but our High Commission here is not doing anything,” a Cameroonian based in South Africa told News Watch.
“I called the High Commissioner and he told me he was in a meeting. He has since not called back like he promised,” another South Africa-based Cameroonian said.
|Ndansi (dark suit) expressing anger over gov't silence|
Rumours that a special flight would ferry Cameroonians back home spread within the week, raising the hopes of fretting Cameroonians. But nothing of the sort has happened and it remains unclear if government is making such plans.
Government should tell us what its plans are and measures it has taken to ensure the safety of our brothers and sisters in South Africa, Ndansi told journalists.
He said Cameroonian youths will not repay violence with violence but insisted that a boycott of South African businesses present in the country would not be ruled out if the attacks on foreigners continue.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi