South African President, Ramaphosa expresses regret over death of Nigerians after meeting Buhari in Tokyo
London, August 29, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday, expressed regret over the killings of Nigerians in his country saying “We feel very upset about that”
Ramaphosa said the killings had necessitated a meeting between him and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on how to stop the trend.
The South African president made this disclosure while answering questions from journalists after holding a bilateral talk with Mr Buhari on the sidelines of the ongoing seventh Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan.
Nigerians in South Africa have over the years become targets of xenophobic fatal attacks by citizens of the host country.
Recently, the situation triggered protests by Nigerian students who had threatened to shut down South Africa’s investments in Nigeria. They also picketed some of the nation’s business outfits in Nigeria such as Shoprite malls and MTN offices.
However, the South African President disclosed that his country’s justice system had already taken up the matter.
He said he was not in support of the killings, insisting that there was no justifiable reason for anybody to be killed.
He said: “Well, no, no, we are going to be discussing all that because we have very good relations. We’ll talk about the issue of Nigerians who are dying (being killed) in South Africa.
“We feel very upset about that.
“Obviously, our criminal justice system is working on it. We don’t support killings. Nobody should ever be killed, but it’s also good to use this opportunity here in Japan to renew the bond between us, to talk about common things between South Africa and Nigeria. We know we have to play key roles in the overall development of our countries.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union has advised Nigerians leaving in South Africa to avoid Pretoria Central Business District (CBD) until the Police Authority certify the area safe for foreign nationals.
The Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) gave the advice in the wake of Xenophobic attacks early Wednesday morning in that country.
“Violent looting and burning of foreign-owned businesses started in the early hours of today, Aug. 28, at the Pretoria CBD. The foreign-owned shops and offices were targeted by angry taxi driver rioters, the President of NUSA, Adetola Olubajo said in a statement.
“The violent revolt and looting have been fuelled by the death of a taxi driver allegedly by Tanzania nationals on Tuesday at Pretoria CBD.
“Not less than two buildings were burnt by the angry mob. This was done after the stocks in the various shops were looted by the rioters