Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, has denied reports of targeted killings of Nigerians in her country.
Alongside the country’s Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, Pandor denied the reports in response to a planned protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
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Members of (NANS) had on Friday threatened to shut down all South African-owned businesses in Nigeria due to frequent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
President of the students body, Daniel Akpan, had issued a week-long ultimatum to South African businesses to leave Nigeria, calling on Nigerians living in South Africa to return home to prevent further attacks.
However, Pandor said that this development did not reflect the strong relations between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.
She said, “The protests are said to be in response to alleged killing of Nigerians by South Africans, as you are aware, these allegations are devoid of truth, they are reckless and unwarranted.
“We find these statements most unfortunate and they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.
“Firstly, there is no targeting of any group of Africans in South Africa, secondly, our law enforcement agencies are making every effort to fight crime and arrest criminals.”