SOUTH AFRICA’S MINISTER DISCREDIT STORY OF TARGETED KILLING OF NIGERIANS
South Africa’s Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has described as false, the reports of targeted killings of Nigerians in their country
Dr. Pandor who was accompanied by the Minister of Police Bheki Cele, at a press conference on Sunday, said this in response to a planned protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students following the recent killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
President of the association, Daniel Akpan had last week, issued a week-long ultimatum to South African businesses to leave Nigeria.
He also called on all Nigerians living in South Africa to return home to prevent further attacks.
But Dr Pandor has described the development as unfortunate, adding that they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.
She, however, insisted that everything is being done to protect and improve the long-standing relationship both countries have.
“The protests are said to be in response to alleged killing of Nigerians by South Africans, as you are aware, these allegations are devoid of truth, they are reckless and unwarranted.
“We find these statements most unfortunate and they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.
“Firstly, there is no targeting of any group of Africans in South Africa, secondly, our law enforcement agencies are making every effort to fight crime and arrest criminals.”
While investigations are ongoing, at least eight police officers have been arrested in connection with the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.