Xenophobic Attack: South Africa blames attack on ‘Afrophobia’

The Foreign Minister of South Africa, Naledi Pandor has revealed that the Xenophobic attacks are caused by intolerance of businesses owned by foreigners.

She made this statement on Thursday, September 5, shortly after the High Commissioner to South Africa ordered the closure of the country’s embassy.

Pandor said in an interview on the sidelines of a continental economic conference in CapeTown, aside from the attacks of other African nationals, there is also criminality in the country.

She said, “There is an Afrophobia we are sensing that exists, there is resentment and we need to address that.”

Describing the attacks, Pandor added that, “there is targeting of Africans from other parts of Africa, we can’t deny that. But, there is also criminality … because a lot of this is accompanied by theft.”

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In Nigeria, South African companies and the embassy have shut down, following retaliatory attacks on South Africans in Nigeria.

Laila’s News reported that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Bello has advised Nigerians to desist from any retaliatory attack on South Africans and their businesses.

He explained that the South African businesses in the FCT were established in partnership with Nigerian investors and any form of retaliation would have a negative impact on our economy.

Bello noted in a statement by his media aide, Anthony Ogunleye that “attacking or vandalising them will ultimately have negative economic consequences for the Nigerian economy and employees of those organisations”.

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He also warned residents that law enforcement agencies have been mobilised to arrest “anybody instigating or participating in any acts of violence or vandalism.”

The Minister went further to assure South African nationals of their safety, adding that it was the honour and pleasure of the FCT to have them living and working in the Territory.

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