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, Twitter Errupts as Xenophobia Attacks Escalate in South Africa
Xenophobia attacks involving South Africans and Nigerians living in the Johannesburg have escalated. Photo/File

Even as the Xenophobia attacks involving South Africans and Nigerians living in the Johannesburg escalates, social media users and especially Twitter users have come out to criticize the incident that is threatening to breach the existing peace between African countries.

On Monday, the situation intensified between foreign nationals and locals in most parts of Gauteng town after Nigerians launched retaliation attacks against the locals.

, Twitter Errupts as Xenophobia Attacks Escalate in South Africa

According to reports, the unrest started on Sunday after an old building in Johannesburg caught fire and collapsed killing three people.

The incident is said to have quickly spread to eastern suburbs and later to Pretoria, where it is reported that the locals burned shops found in an area largely populated by economic migrants.

, Twitter Errupts as Xenophobia Attacks Escalate in South Africa

Immediately after the incident, most Nigerians came out and called on the infamous terrorist group, Boko Haram, to help them “unleash revenge in South Africa.”

, Twitter Errupts as Xenophobia Attacks Escalate in South Africa
Locals looting shops belonging to foreigners in South Africa. Photo/Courtesy

And in a move to calm down the growing tension between the two countries, most Twitter users, through a trending twitter hashtag have come up to call on the South African government to act with speed and contain the situation.

The government of South Africa is yet to respond to the attacks. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter.

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