- Feb 23, 2020
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has condemned recent verbal attacks on Pope Francis as well as xenophobic attacks by South Africans on foreigners.
Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of Klerksdorp, the chair of the social action department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), blames the violence on the “xenophobic populism” promoted by some politicians.
One of Nigeria’s leading bishops says the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa is “sad, and it is hard to know how Africa got to this stage.”
South African bishops called for action to end violence against women after a spate of killings and rapes sparked outrage in a country with one of the world’s highest murder rates.
Zambia’s bishops urged South African leaders to do more to stop xenophobic attacks, and a South African archbishop warned of a rising tide of hatred and violence in the country.
South Africa’s Jesuit Institute condemned the latest flare-up of violence against foreign nationals and urged leaders to stop their xenophobic rhetoric.