According to the report, over the past 4 years, Over 400 Bangladeshis killed in South Africa.

According to Government officials, the reason behind it was business and personal clashes within the community.

The increased ratio of deadly attacks on foreign employees in South Africa in the last few weeks has trambled the country’s record.

There are no Bangladeshi citizens behind such attacks, the Bangladesh High Commission in Pretoria said.

According to the Bangladesh High Commission, most of the murders occurred over business disputes, extra-marital issues, and other personal clashes.

The dead bodies of 88 Bangladeshi asylum seekers had already been repatriated in 2019, and 452 since January 2015, revealed by the High Commission.

A high commission official told that “Approximately 95% of those who died here were murdered, mostly shot dead in their shops”.

Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, the High Commissioner said that the number murdered could possibly be far higher than, have been observed, because several families do not report the deaths.

He added that “Many are buried here. It is therefore uncertain to tell the exact number of dead.”

Shabbir said most Bangladeshis “hire local hitmen” who carry out killings to settle disputes.

One of the top Bangladeshi community leaders in Johannesburg, Abdul Awal Tansen told the media “Quite a lot of Bangladeshis have been shot dead, but we don’t report them, let alone seek justice because many of us live here illegally.”

According to the report, in the early 2000s, Bangladeshis started migrating to South Africa and today, approximately, 300,000 migrants live there, many illegally – making them one of the biggest Bengali diaspora.

Reports revealed that how young people pay dealers up to $12,000 to move to South Africa.

There are thousands of immigrants who own grocery shops across the African nation.

As per community leaders, many Bangladeshi who owned shops were attacked in the recent anti-immigrant brutality.

One of the migrants named Khalil Mia bemoaned that they often consider them as their competitors. Even though they are not taking their jobs but they would still attack them with guns.

The high commissioner has requested South African officials to take strict action against illegal migration and crime.

A foreign ministry official in Dhaka stated that despite the attacks, still, a huge number of young Bangladeshi men try to get to South Africa through illegal ways.

While commenting on the condition of anonymity, he said, it is something really hard to stop such immigrants.

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