Following the uproar of the xenophobic attack on Nigerians and other foreign nationals residing in South Africa; The President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosain his speech on Tuesdaycondemned the incident saying; “There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries,”
Ramaphosa in a video posted to Twitter Said referring to the attack “I want it to stop immediately,” he added.
Whereas in response to this occurrence; Other African governments have issued warnings to their citizens over the violence as the attacks has been on businesses run by “foreign nationals is something totally unacceptable, something that we cannot allow to happen in South Africa,” Separately, the African Union (AU) issued a statement condemning the “despicable acts” of violence “in the strongest terms”.
The president further mentioned that he have asked the Minister of Police to visit areas where the attacks have been reportedly happening and prevent it from spreading further within the country.
In contributing to the occurrence in South Africa, The police minister, Bheki Cele, said on Monday that “criminality rather than xenophobia” was to be blamed for the “senseless violence”.
“Xenophobia is used as an excuse,” he told reporters after visiting Johannesburg’s Central Business District, where much of the unrest has been taking place.
“Nothing… has sparked any form of conflict between the South Africans and foreign nationals.”
He claimed as he also assured that some of the bandits causing the chaos have been abducted and taken for further questioning and prosecution.
In reaction to this occurrence The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buharihas sent an envoy to South Africa on Tuesday to “express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens”.
In a statement, the country’s high commission in South Africa described the situation as “anarchy”. And the government alleges that Nigerian-owned businesses were targeted in Johannesburg and it has called on Nigerians to come forward to report what has happened to them.
Following the occurrence the Ethiopia’s embassy in South Africa has advised its citizens to close their businesses during the ongoing tension, according to Ethiopia’s state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).It also says that Ethiopians are advised to “distance themselves from any confrontation and conflict” and not go out wearing expensive jewelry.
The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Danielson BamideleAkpan in his press release where he officially announced giving all south Africans and their businesses a 7 day ultimatum to vacate the country.
The Hash tag ‘#saynotoxenophobia’ has been trending around the world on social media condemning this act
Meanwhile the Nigeria foreign Minister has demanded the Nigeria police force be deployed to South African related businesses and offices to avert any form of ripple effect this Xenophobic attack may cause in the Nation as there has been various reports of mob attacks on the various south African related businesses across a section of the country.