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Xenophobia: South Africa Expresses Concern Over Threat Of Reprisal Attacks On Citizens By NANS

Valentine Chinyem

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The South African Government has expressed concern over threats by the National Association of Nigerian Students, NAN, calling for the expulsion of South Africans and their investments in Nigeria, or risk being attacked.

The union made the threat in response to the incessant killing of Nigerians by South Africans.

However, in a statement issued on Sunday by Counsellor in-charge of Political Affairs at the South African High Commission, Abuja, Anna-Maria Jojozi.

She said, “I wish to express my department’s concern regarding statements said to emanate from student organisation in Nigeria, calling for expulsion of South Africans and protests at South African owned businesses.

“The protests are said to be in response to alleged killings of Nigerians by South Africans; as you are aware, these allegations are devoid of truth, reckless and unwarranted.

“We find these statements most unfortunate as they do not reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and Government of South Africa and Nigeria.

“The two countries enjoy strong bilateral relations, which were forged over many years during our struggle for liberation in South Africa; also, in this democratic era supported by the people and Government of Nigeria.”

Jojozi noted that the South African Acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Bobby Moroe, has held meetings with the police as well as senior government officials in Nigeria, “They have also assured us that South African citizens and their property in Nigeria will be protected.

“South Africa values the strong ties it has established with Nigeria and will continue to enhance these even further,” She said.