Since the violence erupted early this week, in Durban, Kwazulu Natal (KZN) 5 days ago:-
1. We have been in touch with Ugandans in KZN...so far one Ugandan was reported killed and three wounded in an armed robbery. All are scared .
2. I was in touch with the Dean of African Ambassadors yesterday 15 April 2015 to get a common position, as you know Uganda does not work alone, but in a Group of African Ambassadors
3. I met with the Dean of African Ambassadors, who travelled two days ago to Durban together with Ambassadors of Nigeria, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Somalia, to meet with the Premier and other leaders in KZN, to map a way forward.
4. We have continued to be in touch with Ugandans in KZN and those that have visited the Uganda Embassy in Pretoria.
Xenophobic attacks in South Africa has led to loss of lives (a total of five people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been killed in the Durban area during violence that began last week), property and fear amongst foreign nationals living and working South Africa. Although no Ugandan has so far been killed due to these attacks, the following advice may be useful:-
Ugandans are advised to stay safe in their local community where they reside. Stay safe on the right side of the law including an up to date account with Government agencies. The chairpersons of local associations should register all their members to build a data base of Ugandans in their locations. Until the violence subsides, Ugandans are advised to avoid partying and outdoor activities. Do not live a very conspicuous lifestyle that annoys the public.Make photocopies of your passport, Visa, Identity Cards, Yellow fever certificates and carry them all the time. If you drive, make sure you have the original drivers license with you. Make sure all your paperwork is in order. Email copies of your documents to a good friend. Lastly but not least try to remember a telephone contact of a good friend on your list.
In the mean time, the Uganda High Commission in Pretoria is in consultation with the Group of African Ambassadors, following a meeting held on 9th April 2015, with the South African Minister of Home Affairs, to solve the matter, including other immigration procedures. As of this morning 16/04/2015, the threat of attacks in Johannesburg Central Business District has been put under control. Durban in Kwazulu Natal is also reported calm this morning as result of clear messages by the Government of South Africa.