Xenophobia: South African communities issue quit order to Nigerians

The Nigerian Mission in South Africa said it has started addressing the alleged quit order issued to Nigerians by two communities in that country.

Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner in South Africa, Amb. Martin Cobham, said the mission was on top of the situation.

Cobham said he has engaged with South African authorities to control the situation.

“I engaged the union leader who has given me the graphic details of what happened.

“In view of that, I have engaged with the authorities here to bring in the community, the police and the Nigerians living there for a meeting so as to prevent any mayhem.

“On Monday I am going to dispatch our officials to the Northern Cape Province to engage in a meeting with the local police and the community for a tripartite meeting,” he said.

The High Commissioner said that he would also meet with the authority to ensure that instruction was given to the police not to allow any outbreak of violence.

“All we are trying to ensure is to nip in the bud any breakdown of law and order or anything that could lead to violence.

“So we in the embassy are on top of the situation. And I am engaging the union leader and my office is equally engaging the South African Foreign Ministry on the issue.

“So I believe with this measure we will be able to contain all these excesses,” he said.

The Nigerian Union had alleged that the Kuruman community asked Nigerians to leave before June 16.

It also said that the Klaafontein community, Extension 5, Johannesburg, directed landlords not to renew the rent of Nigerians in the community.

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