Botswana turn against neighbours in racist attacks

Xenophobic attacks against Zimbabweans broke out in Botswana's Northern Province on Monday, resulting in the Zimbabwean ambassador to Botswana visiting the areas affected to calm the situation.

The incidents follow a wave of racist attacks in South Africa, which left at least 50 dead.

In Botswana, more than 20 Tswana men, armed with iron bars and logs, went house-to-house around Francistown’s poor Blue Town suburb, hunting down Zimbabweans.

Several Zimbabweans were injured and taken to hospital but there were no arrests.

Ambassador Thomas Mandigora rushed to Francistown from the capital Gabarone, along with Botswana’s Deputy Minister of Finance Samson Guma, who is also MP for the Tati Constituency in Northern Botswana, to try to persuade residents to stop the attacks.

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