More than 600 Nigerians have registered to leave South Africa-Nigerian Envoy
London, Sep 9, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, says more than 600 people have indicated an interest in returning to Nigeria in the wake of the recent xenophobic violence in the South African city.
At least 10 people – two of them foreigners – have been killed and many others have been injured in the violence. No Nigerian nationals are known to have died.
Mr Adama and his team are still compiling lists of Nigerians who are wanting to return and those whose businesses have been looted, he says, so exact numbers are not yet known.
Two planes belonging to Nigerian carrier Air Peace air to take the first group of returnees to Nigeria on Wednesday, Mr Adama says.
“Nigerians in South African prisons are not part of this arrangement, only a few from the deportation camp,” he adds.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s president has condemned a resurgence of violent attacks over the weekend in Johannesburg, which left at least two people dead.
In a statement, Cyril Ramaphosa called on the police to maintain vigilance and firmness in dealing with people who took the law into their own hands.
On Sunday, a crowd in Johannesburg disrupted a speech by the veteran politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who was trying to quell tensions following a recent wave of deadly riots and xenophobic attacks.
A section of the crowd left the venue and marched through the streets calling for foreigners to leave the country.
At least 12 people, including two foreign nationals, have been killed in mob violence