Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

South African embassy in Nigeria closed after retaliatory attacks

South African embassy in Nigeria closed after retaliatory attacks

Zambia's football association has cancelled an global friendly match against South Africa scheduled to take place on Saturday in the capital, Lusaka. "South Africa must be a country where everyone feels safe".

She said South Africa was in constant contact with Nigerian authorities to try to restore calm, adding there is no provision in local law for compensation for damage caused in the attacks.

Although at least five people have been killed in the attacks targeting foreigners of African descent, the Nigerian government has said no Nigerians were killed.

Zambia has also called off its friendly match with South Africa in protest of the xenophobic attacks while African showbiz personalities like Burna Boy have vowed not to go to South Africa.

They asked the President to do more by severing the relationship between both countries to send a strong message about Nigeria's displeasure over the attacks of its citizens in South Africa.

"Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to liaise with the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria and the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg for further necessary arrangement".

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And retaliatory attacks on South African businesses by protesters in a number of Nigerian cities have forced the telecommunications giant - MTN - to close all its shops and service centres in Nigeria.

Violence across Gauteng resulted in seven confirmed deaths and more than 180 arrests as police and residents clashed, News24 reported.

Africa's richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has reprobated the current xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.

On Wednesday, Nigeria said it would recall its Ambassador to South Africa, Kabiru Bala.

A Nigerian government spokesperson said on Wednesday night that Buhari was "distraught at the acts of vandalism that have taken place here in Nigeria in retaliation to what is happening in South Africa".

In neighbouring eSwatini, the National Agricultural Marketing Board said trucks that normally carry farm produce south across the border were being kept in their depot after advice from South African counterparts that it was not safe to travel.

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