China South Africans

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South Africans in China say they’ve been ‘forced into quarantine’

The picture from China looks increasingly grim for South Africans – and for our continental neighbours who claim they’re being wrongly quarantined.

China South Africans

Gary Lerude at Flickr.

The strained relationship between China and Africa has taken a turn for the worse this week, after several incidents of ‘racist treatment’ were reported in the Far East. But aside from banning black Africans from certain outlets of McDonald’s, another sinister plot may be underway – and it involves our compatriots.

South Africans claim ‘mistreatment’ by Chinese officials

Several South Africans living in the Guangdong Province have stated that they are being targeted by local authorities, and ‘forced into quarantine’. This, despite showing no symptoms and never having tested positive for the killer disease sweeping across the world.

China dogged by discrimination allegations

Another anonymous source has corroborated Laurika’s story, telling us that she and some of her fellow South Africans were forced to go into quarantine for 14 days at a hotel without any explanation.

There are strong, genuine claims of discrimination being registered by African nationals in China. As well as being refused entry to restaurants, some of our continental friends have also been evicted from properties over unfounded fears that Africans could be responsible for a number of new cases reported in the country.

Ramaphosa asked to intervene

China, of course, was the epicentre of the outbreak. But now they are looking to pin the latest spike of infections solely on foreigners. The EFF has implored Cyril Ramaphosa to help, asking him to coordinate a rescue mission which would repatriate all African nationals currently living in Chinese territory. You can read their full statement here: