Ph: Afrique du Sud-Violences Xénophobes-Le Parisien

While tensions over recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa have not yet been erased, a senior South African government official has touted cruel words for African leaders including citizens emigrate to South Africa.

Nigerians constitute a large number of African migrants in South Africa. They have been among the most affected by recent xenophobic violence. “We cannot absorb the results of all the problems posed by leaders who want to plunder their country, without worrying about their own people,” Blade Nzimande, South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, in Durban, while commenting on the denigration of his country following the xenophobic attacks.

Mr. Nzimande’s comments, reported by Sowetan Live, a South African news site, including several other local media in South Africa, coincided with the apology to the people and government of Nigeria by Jeff Radebe, sent President Cyril Ramaphosa in Nigeria. “We recently met with President Muhammadu Buhari to convey our President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies for the recent incidents in South Africa,” Radebe told reporters in Abuja. “These incidents do not represent what we stand for as a constitutional democracy in South Africa.”…

Don’t blame South Africa…

Sowetan Live reported that Mr. Nzimande was speaking to a workers’ union of which he is the general secretary. “African leaders themselves must organize themselves so as not to destroy their country and force people to leave. You can’t just blame South Africa, we’re doing our best. But it is time for us to ask the leaders of our continent: “What are you doing to make your countries better places to live?”

According to a video posted on Twitter by eNCA, a South African television channel, the audience could be heard applauding the minister. However, he has made it clear that he opposes attacks on foreigners, which have resulted in the killing of certain foreign nationals. At the same time, the Nigerian government began a few days ago to repatriate its nationals from South Africa. About 320 returnees are expected to arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday evening.

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