South Africa’s minister in charge of International Relations, Naledi Pandor on Friday called on leaders across the continent to take collective responsibility for the recent xenophobic attacks.
Pandor indicated that South Africa cannot be expected to take care of citizens from countries degraded by their leaders.
‘‘The condition of our continent must change, and we must send a clear message to our leaders that we expect this change not just in South Africa but in all the countries on the African continent,’‘ Pandor said.
‘‘No leader should be allowed to get away with allowing degradation and expecting someone else to provide a response to their countrymen and women.’‘
Pandor who was addressing diaspora civil society organisations in Pretoria, said she would also meet communities where violence flared to understand their concerns.
September 18,2019: More Nigerians repatriated
More than 300 Nigerians arrived in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos on Wednesday, having been evacuated from South Africa, following the recent wave of xenophobic attacks.
Local media reported that an Air Peace plane with 315 Nigerians aboard landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Wednesday night. This is the second batch of returnees, following last week’s 187.
The Lagos state government reportedly gave $55 to each returnee, with a pledge that they would be transferred to the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, where they can be equipped with different skills.
Nigeria’s government has urged its citizens who are stranded in South Africa to return home, as the latter cracks down on immigrants without proper documentation.