Xenophobia: South Africa describes NANS shutdown of its businesses as unfortunate, Calls for expulsion of South Africans and protest at South African-owned businesses in Nigeria are a source of concern for South Africa.
The country raised these concerns in a statement by its counsellor in-charge of political affairs, Anna-Maria Jojozi – The National Association of Nigerian students on Saturday, August 10, shut down South Africa’s grocery chain, Shoprite, at Ota in Ogun state – The student organisation was protesting the killings of Nigerians by South Africans.
South Africa has expressed concern over the decision by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for the expulsion of Republic of South Africans and protest at South African-owned businesses in Nigeria.
The country created its feelings legendary during a statement issued by Anna-Maria Jojozi, counsellor in-charge of political affairs at the South African High Commission in Abuja on Sunday, August 11, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
She same that the meeting sought-after to debate President Cyril Ramaphosa of Republic of South Africa official visit to President John Magufuli of African nation, for the SADC summit, from Wednesday, August 7 to Thursday, August 8.
Jojozi same: “I would like to specific my department’s concern relating to statements said to emanate from student organisation in Nigeria, calling for expulsion of South Africans and protests at South African owned businesses.
We realize these statements most unfortunate as they are doing not replicate the robust relations that exist between the individuals and also the government of Republic 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.
Recall that NANS on Saturday, August 10, shut down South Africa’s grocery chain, Shoprite, at Ota in Ogun state. The students picketed the mall to protest what they represented as unrestrained afraid attacks on Nigerians in Republic of South Africa.
Jojozi said South Africa’s acting high commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe, had held several meetings with the police and other senior government officials in Nigeria.
She same Republic of South Africa had established contact from the best level of the Nigerian government and received assurances that authorities in Nigeria were taking the concerns protests seriously.
Jojozi noted: “They have additionally assured USA that South African voters and their property in Nigeria are protected. South Africa values the strong ties it has established with Nigeria and will continue to enhance these even further, There has been reports of Nigerians being attacked in South Africa and this has raised concern.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa who is the chairman of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) spoke in Abuja on Wednesday, August 7, where she disclosed the planned meeting.