One Killed, Five Injured In Fresh Xenophobic Violence In South Africa

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against xenophobia outside South African High Commission in Abuja

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against xenophobia outside South African High Commission in Abuja

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

SERAP had in its letter to Ms Maiga last Friday stated that "these xenophobic attacks constitute serious violations of the human rights of Nigerians and other African citizens in South Africa".

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has released its men's team from global duty after Madagascar became the latest team to pull out of a friendly against the nation following xenophobic attacks in the country. Mr Abubakar has since returned to the country and has briefed the president on the outcome of the meeting.

Nigerians will be evacuated on Wednesday 11 September on a Boeing 777 operated by Air Peace, a private airline owned by Allen Onyema.

While only four MTN outlets were damaged in Nigeria, Shuter on Monday lamented that these outlets were franchise-owned businesses, meaning they were Nigerian-owned outlets. "Enough is enough. We will take definitive measures". "With the envoy's briefing to the president, we will be having everything in place", she said.

South African businesses operating in other countries of the continent, notably Nigeria, have reported a backlash in the past week. Those without travel documents, we shall provide them with emergency travel certificates.

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"The President of South Africa should offer a honest public apology to Nigeria, other countries affected by the attacks and the entire continent for the tragic hostility and harm perpetrated against their citizens. Does it mean Nigerians must go back to Nigeria?"

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

According to Trading Economics, the unemployment rate in South Africa is a whopping 29% - making it the highest unemployment rate in the country since 2003, and leaving 6.65 million people out of work.

Xenophobia is nothing new to South Africa, which has seen several outbreaks following the advent of majority rule in 1994, contrary to expectations. The Minister in Nigeria has said that there is no sense in Nigerians looting Shoprite because that Shoprite belongs to a Nigerian. We are saying let these cases end so we'll know the result.

Police Minister Bheki Cele met with business executives from among others MultiChoice, Vodacom, MTN, as well as the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci), to discuss how the spate of violence has affected the country's economy. "Killing is a criminal offence and should be treated as such".

Adewale said: "What happens to African Union?"

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