Xenophobia: South Africa closes its embassy in Nigeria

South Africa has temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria following reprisal attacks by Nigerians triggered by xenophobic violence in South Africa, BBC reports. There have been ongoing xenophobic attacks in Johannesberg since Monday, in which at least five people have been killed, dozens injured, and businesses looted and burnt. South Africa’s foreign minister called it an embarrassment for her country. “Our government regrets all violence against foreign-owned stores or Africans from other countries who are resident in South Africa,” national broadcaster SABC quotes the , as saying. She had…

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Xenophobia: Nigeria, Botswana and Lesotho issue travel advisories for citizens headed to South Africa

The government of Nigeria has issued a travel advisory against South Africa over xenophobic violence. “Due to the tension created by the attacks, the Government of Nigeria wishes to advise Nigerians to avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas until the situation is brought under control,” a statement signed by Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ferdinand Nwonye said. The statement said it was engaging the relevant South African authorities via the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, Consulate General in Johannesburg and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja to ensure measures are…

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Kenyans attacked, businesses looted, burnt in South Africa xenophobic attacks, envoy confirms

Kenyans living in South Africa have been affected by xenophobic violence in Johannesburg, Kenya’s High Commissioner Jean Kamau has confirmed. Kamau said Kenyans in Gauteng Province have been physically assaulted and their businesses looted and burnt. “The Kenya High Commission has since reached out to the affected individuals and encouraged them to respond to the instructions and calls by the South African police to report and open files regarding all incidents,” she said in a statement. The embassy, which is located in Pretoria, urged Kenyans living in South Africa to…

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Tiwa Savage pulls out of South Africa festival over xenophobic attacks

Nigeria’s top Artiste Tiwa Savage has withdrawn from the upcoming DSTV Delicious Festival due to the ongoing xenophobic violence in Johannesburg. “I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this,” The Eminado hit singer tweeted on Wednesday. The festival will be held on September 21-22 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. International…

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