Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Nigerians to leave South Africa on Friday

Nigerians to leave South Africa on Friday

"We know that at least 10 people have been killed in the violence".

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, on a charm offensive to attract $100 billion of new investment, tried to limit fallout from the violence, which rekindled memories of previous deadly attacks on foreigners that also saw reprisals on South African businesses overseas.

The convoy is expected to arrive in South Africa on September 5 2019.

South African Foreign Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said on Thursday that the embassy was closed temporarily after threats led to fears for staff safety.

He said the decision to suspend operations at the two missions was made after "a group of people. came and tried force themselves in" at the Lagos consulate.

"It's exactly the reason why local retailers and stocks like MTN who have African exposure are losing ground today", said Henre Herselman, a derivatives trader at Johannesburg-based Anchor Private Clients, which oversees R38 billion ($2.6 billion) for clients.

"So we continue to engage them and ensure that they do what is necessary".

South African-owned businesses operating in Nigeria have been targeted with violence in retaliation for attacks carried out against Africans working in South Africa.

Claim: Foreign nationals have been set on fire by South Africans during this week's unrest.

On Tuesday, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the wave of looting and violence.

"There is a targeting of Africans from other parts of Africa, we can't deny that", she told Reuters on the sidelines of the conference.

Madagascar were lined up as a replacement but it seems the Islanders are reluctant to visit South Africa at this time. Asked about the victims' nationalities, Mawela said that "has been taken to the pathologist".

Fact: The video below first appeared in media reports in South Africa in January this year.

Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage also responded to the news of the attacks by choosing to cancel an upcoming concert over "the barbaric butchering of my people in SA".

Despite a downturn in violence, tensions rose on the diplomatic front with Nigeria, which has declared it would boycott the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent an envoy to South Africa to "express Nigeria's displeasure over the treatment of her citizens".

The government said the head of private Nigerian airline Air Peace Airlines had offered to fly Nigerians home for free.

South Africa is a major destination for economic migrants from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The xenophobia-driven attacks which have scarred the country over the past few days seem to have single-handedly destroyed the diplomatic relationships Mzansi holds with some of its closest neighbours.

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