PRETORIA - Zambia on Monday expressed "deep concerns" with the latest wave of attacks on foreign nationals in parts of South Africa.
"We are beginning to worry that this is becoming cyclical, it is beginning to appear like a routine. Our biggest concern is that we have elections coming up on 8th May ... and the foreigners might be blamed for lack of jobs, lack of housing and services and opportunities," Zambia's High Commissioner in South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, told the African News Agency (ANA) in Pretoria.
"We need to urge our political leaders to ensure that they do not speak carelessly, that they speak responsibly. A foreigner, whether documented or not, whether legal or not, has fundamental human rights. They should not be beaten or stoned and their properties taken willy-nilly."
The Zambian government has been vocal against the latest wave of attacks on African immigrants in South Africa.
This weekend, Zambia's President Edgar Lungu called on the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) chairperson, Namibian President Hage Geingob, to express concerns over the violence.