‘No record of Zambian dying in SA violence’

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The Zambian mission in Pretoria has dispelled social media reports indicating that 39 Zambians have been killed in different parts of South Africa as a result of the current wave of violent attacks against foreigners in the country.

The mission says no deaths of any Zambian nationals have been recorded as a result of the violence and regrets that some social media reports circulating have not been verified as they are false and alarming.

“The mission would like to officially report that no deaths of any Zambian nationals have been recorded as a result of the violence,” said embassy spokesperson Naomi Nyawali.

“It is regrettable that some of the social media reports circulating have not been verified as they are false and alarming,” said Nyawali, further urging social media enthusiasts to stop spreading fake news to avoid alarming the public.

“So far, only one incident involving Mr. Daniel Lupiya was officially recorded and the victim was discharged from Gemiston Hospital on the same day after being treated for injuries he sustained.”

Nyawali adds that the mission is actively pursuing reports that another Zambian truck driver identified as Siachingi Sialubaya working for a named cross-border trucking company registered in Zambia was attacked in Kwazulu, natal province.

She says the nation will be informed on this matter as soon as facts are verified.

“Further, the mission is advising the public to follow updates on the current situation in South Africa from official statements issued by the Zambian mission in Pretoria or ministry of foreign affairs headquarters to avoid being misled or being fed with fake news,” said Nyawali.

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