Nigeria to repatriate 600 citizens from SA: envoy
NIGERIA – Nigeria will repatriate about 600 citizens from South Africa this week following a wave of xenophobic violence that caused tensions between the countries, a Nigerian diplomat said Monday. South Africa’s financial capital Johannesburg and surrounding areas were rocked by a surge of deadly attacks against foreigners this week, many directed against Nigerian-owned businesses and properties.
“They are about 600 now” due to be flown back, Godwin Adamu, Nigerian Consul General in Johannesburg, told AFP.
Nigerian airline “Air Peace is beginning the airlift by Wednesday, the first flight with 320 Nigerians,” he said. “We will have another one immediately after that.”
At least 12 people were killed in the violence and hundreds of shops destroyed. Foreign workers are often victims of anti-immigrant sentiment in South Africa — the continent’s second-biggest economy after Nigeria — where they compete against locals for jobs, particularly in low-skilled industries.
JOHANNESBURG – Some foreign nationals say they’re happy to go back home following the recent attacks.
Hundreds of them, including children, have been sheltering in Katlehong since the violence started. Nearly 700 people have so far been arrested in connection with the violence and looting while 12 fatalities have been linked to the unrest.
Suddenly facing an uncertain future after being chased from their homes. About 150 foreign nationals have taken refuge in a town hall in Katlehong fearing for their safety while others have taken the decision to return to their country of origin.
Most of those leaving South Africa behind – are making the journey back home by bus this week.Having to start from scratch once again.