Boycott products from South Africa—Muntaka
The Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka has urged Ghanaians and fellow African countries to shun products emanating from South Africa, in the wake of xenophobic attacks.
Contributing to a statement by the Foreign Affairs Minister on the xenophobic attacks, Alhaji Muntaka indicated that it was time to prove a point to them that, Africa was not happy about these incidents.
“We have to boycott South African products, if we begin to boycott their products they will feel the heat home and that will let them know that we will not countenance it.”
In spite of the call by the Member of Parliament for Asawase, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey maintained that it would be the last resort and confirmed that the Ghanaian mission are “monitoring” the situation and that both countries should have an “open discussions” about it.
“I think that may be the last resort, it is important that when something like that happens it needs to be taken up at a higher level.
My suggestion will be that ECOWAS ministers of Foreign Affairs take it, and extend it to the AU Heads of State.We stood in solidarity with the people of South Africa, when they were going through apartheid. It is quite sad that through the efforts of apartheid that this should be happening to our nationals, especially when we are looking to unite the continent and putting our efforts to ensure we are benefit in terms of trade, investment,movement, subject to the laws of country, boycotting will be the last resort and would be something that will be decided at a high level”she told the press in Parliament.
She also indicated that she has asked the Ministry to summon the South African embassy to get assurances that Ghanaians there are safe.
Furthermore, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt.Hon.Prof.Aaron Mike Oquaye has referred the matter to the Foreign Affairs Committee to investigate further.
Over the past week, residential buildings occupied by African immigrants, including Nigerians, and Nigerian-owned businesses in the South African capital Pretoria have been attacked and looted by demonstrators, who accuse foreigners of taking local jobs. Protesters also burnt buildings alleged to be brothels or drug dens in a Johannesburg suburb earlier in February; the buildings were reportedly owned by Nigerians.
The xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa have provoked an angry response in Nigeria as well as condemnation by other African countries.