Lawlessness Is A Crime Against Our Country - South African President

Tuesday, 10 Sep, 2019

M'poko said South Africans and Nigerians had not had an honest conversation about the xenophobia problem.

The South African presidency in a statement said: "His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari will undertake a State Visit to South Africa in October 2019 to reinforce the strong bonds between the two countries and jointly develop responses to challenges affecting people and businesses in South Africa and Nigeria".

There has been anti-South African sentiment since last week after several expats where attacked and their properties looted in Johannesburg and in other areas.

According to Trading Economics, the unemployment rate in South Africa is a whopping 29% - making it the highest unemployment rate in the country since 2003, and leaving 6.65 million people out of work.

The recent violence soured ties between South Africa and Nigeria, which summoned Pretoria's envoy and boycotted an economic summit in Cape Town in protest.

He said NIDCOM had assured the committee that the strategic objectives effort of Nigerian government on tackling the matter was still in focus.

She insisted that South Africans are being unfairly criticised while observing that the recent attacks are criminal activities and should not be considered xenophobic.

"In the end these attacks are deterring us from our collective duty to promote Africa's growth and economic development".

The men on Sunday were part of a group that disrupted a speech by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, president emeritus of the opposition Inkatha Freedom Party, according to the police statement.

More than 100,000 Nigerians are estimated to live in South Africa, Adamu said.

Many shops remained closed on Monday morning in the central business district, an AFP reporter said.

At least 10 people were killed in the violence and hundreds of shops destroyed while more than 420 people were arrested.

"When my country is in a crisis and as an elder I feel very, very concerned, especially because I tried to say I hadn't come to judge anyone". "They have affected us in other countries in which we operate". "The violent attacks have started".

One person was stabbed on the corner of Bree and Plein streets.

"We urge relevant authorities to enforce by-laws and deal decisively against those who trade in counterfeit goods and conduct business illegally".

"The Chairperson reiterates the AU Commission's continued commitment to support the South African government in addressing the root causes that led to these despicable acts, in order to promote peace and security, within the framework of the AU's longstanding principles of continental solidarity", said Mahamat.