A wave of xenophobic attacks on migrants and foreign owned businesses in South Africa, particularly targeting Nigerian citizens, continues into its sixth day.
Sources: Yahoo! News
Sources: Yahoo! News
A fire breaks out in the South African parliament building in Cape Town, destroying its roof and the wing housing the National Council of Provinces. A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
The United Kingdom ends its travel ban on Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Canada ends a travel ban on many African nations, including Nigeria and South Africa.
South Africa cancels a plan to forcibly deport 200,000 Zimbabweans from the country amid an outcry and concerns over perceived xenophobia and human rights abuses.
Sweden reports its first case of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant in a person who travelled from South Africa.
Indonesia bans foreigners who have travelled to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini and Nigeria in the past 14 days amid the emergence of the Omicron variant.
New Zealand reports six cases of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 in five people who traveled from the United Kingdom and another who traveled from South Africa, all between December 13 and 25, and who later tested positive for COVID-19.
Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, experiences widespread looting and violent attacks by rioters focused on foreigners. Police are currently outnumbered and many businesses have been set on fire. The riots follow the death of a taxi driver reportedly shot by Nigerian drug dealers after they realized he had seen them complete a drug deal and had also seen their supplier. Bus services are suspended and authorities say the capital is currently unsafe.
Two lions, two hyenas, a rhino and a giraffe are killed at Kruger National Park, South Africa, after storms topple a power cable.
A court in South Africa sentences Nigerian militant Henry Okah to 24 years' imprisonment for his involvement in the Abuja car bombings which killed at least 12 people in October 2010.