Thursday, 23 April 2015

XENOPHOBIC: South Africa Closes Their Consulate in Lagos Over Fears of Retaliatory Attacks


Following anti-Xenophobia protests in Lagos and Abuja, the South African consulate in Lagos has shut down its embassy today. The consulate was shut after dozens of Nigerians carried placards on Tuesday and protested to the South African embassy in Abuja and also to MTN head office saying the attacks on black immigrants in Durban, South Africa must stop.

The protesters, led by members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, demanded an immediate end to the attacks and killings. They also threatened to attack South African nationals and businesses in Nigeria, if the attacks did not stop within 72 hours. This we learnt is one of the major reasons the embassy was shut down today.

Report has it that South African consul general in Nigeria in person of "Sam Monaisa" shared his view that; the closure of consulate in Lagos would remain in force until Thursday.

He added saying.. "Even when the situation in Durban had calmed down, but he was concerned about the Nigerians that were being repatriated. Nigerians are using social media to blow an already tense situation in South Africa out of proportion and stoking emotions."

He however warned the forum's members to stay alert and not move around unnecessarily. South African businesses and citizens remains targets of threats and acts of retaliation whenever xenophobic attacks occurred in South Africa, he cautioned.

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