Nigeria to evacuate 640 citizens from South Africa after xenophobic attacks

Nigeria to evacuate 640 citizens from South Africa after xenophobic attacks

"What's going on?" asked a confused tourist caught up in one of this week's numerous protester-police clashes that have gripped the length and breadth of South Africa.

"Over 400 Nigerians have already registered; more are still coming", Adama said.

South Africa's business community on Monday condemned the xenophobic attacks which have spread across Johannesburg and other parts of Gauteng.

Nigeria last week summoned the South African ambassador to condemn the violence while sending an envoy to meet President Cyril Ramaphosa. Mr Abubakar has since returned to the country and has briefed the president on the outcome of the meeting.

According to a copy of the communique made available to our correspondent on Monday, governments of Nigeria and South Africa are urged to guide against provocative comments.

Flights carrying the returnees will start leaving Johannesburg by Wednesday, said Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairwoman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission.

"I'm not sure (of their nationalities) as the Police have taken them to hospital".

"The Special Envoy also interfaced with his South African counterpart, where they reviewed the situation of foreign emigrants in general and Nigerians in particular".

She added that Nigerians with expired passport in South Africa would be given relevant travel certificates.

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According to her, those to be airlifted would be captured in the Federal government's social investment programme.

"This will put massive pressure on the South African authorities and pollical leaders to uphold the highest standards in the protection of human rights of Nigerians and end their political rhetoric and incitement to hatred, violence and discrimination". This cost holds back our country and undermines all the efforts we are making to grow a South Africa that offers opportunity to all who live in it.

"They promised us to get the result".

"If we are not careful as a country, South Africa might find itself in isolation". We believe a lot of education and awareness need to go to the South Africans on the street who believe that the foreigners are their problem.

Shuter said the four outlets were franchises owned by Nigerians.

Adewale said: "What happens to African Union?"

"These matters are more of the executive level regarding the issues of rule of law and political will".

Netizens bitterly wept after videos of the recent killings, looting, burning and destruction of properties owned by foreign nationals living in South Africa surfaced online. "My message was to say we are family with the other African countries", Buthelezi said, as his speech was met with disruption and chaos.

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