Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nigeria Govt to repatriate 600 citizens amid violence from South Africa

Nigeria Govt to repatriate 600 citizens amid violence from South Africa

Meanwhile, South Africa this week hosted the 2019 World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) amid tension with fellow African states which were sparked by the attacks of foreign nationals and their businesses in South Africa this week.

"Enough is enough. We will take definitive measures", said Onyeama.

More than 100,000 Nigerians are estimated to live in South Africa, Adamu said.

But others come from South Asia and Nigeria looking for work in the continent's second-largest economy.

The president had also ordered the evacuation of willing Nigerians from South Africa.

The Nigerian police also joined in the rejection of the reports adding that it has provided security around all South African diplomatic services and related businesses across the country. Video footage circulating the internet depicts Nigerians attacking drivers who were believed to be from South Africa in the street, as well as footage of protestors destroying and targeting South African stores.

"There must be consequences for actions; South Africa should have political will to talk to their people to put a stop to it".

A Nigerian presidency statement said Monday "President Ramaphosa agreed that the violence was most disconcerting and embarrassing."The attacks "undermine not only the country's image but also its relations with brotherly African countries", it added".

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The violence has prompted popular entertainment personalities across the continent like Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy, in addition to other businessmen and women as well as academics to publicly disclose their decision not to travel to South Africa for any goal.

"If we are not careful as a country, South Africa might find itself in isolation".

This, the experts said, would ensure that bilateral trade agreements between the countries would not be affected.

South Africa is host to some 274,000 refugees and asylum seekers, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "The police must act harshly against these crimes, whether committed by South Africans or foreign nationals", ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said.

He appealed to Zimbabweans in South Africa to respect the South African laws the same way the Zimbabwean Government will expect foreigners to adhere to the country's regulations.

"They are killing other nationals as well; I think it is lack of knowledge, because they are not well educated about Nigeria's in securing their freedom".

The police minister was supposed to address the situation., At the meeting a South African activist by name, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, addressed the South Africans present asking them to be peaceful.

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