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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

President Zuma to meet Nigerians as South Africa Closes Consulate In Lagos

south africa closes consulate in nigeria

South Africa has closed its consulate in Nigeria following anti-xenophobia protests.
Protests were held outside the consulate and at the South African High Commission in Abuja.
The South African Consul General in Nigeria, Mr Sam Monaisa, in an e-mail to the South African Business Forum said that the closure would remain in force until tomorrow.
The situation in Durban has calmed down, but Mr Monaisa said he is concerned about the Nigerians that are being repatriated.
The Consul General warned the forum’s members to stay alert and not move around unnecessarily.

President Zuma To Meet Nigerians, Others Over Xenophobic Attacks
South African President, Jacob Zuma, has arranged a meeting with Nigerians and other African immigrants resident in the country.

President Zuma, said in a statement issued by the South African presidency that he would have an audience with the nationals affected by xenophobia in the country at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.
The statement also noted that the meeting was organised as part of efforts to build a lasting partnership with stakeholders in the country, so as to ensure the nationalistic attacks on foreign nationals do not recur in the country.
The meeting is also expected to include nationals from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, there had been several clashes between locals and police in Durban, as the security agents made attempt to contain the ongoing violence against foreign nationals in Durban.
The attacks on immigrant-owned shops and homes in Durban’s township however, came three months after a similar spate of attacks on foreign-owned shops in Soweto, near Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is repatriating up to 2000 of its citizens who have asked to be evacuated in the wake of the attacks.
The first six buses carrying 407 Zimbabweans left Durban on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Channels Television reported that Nigerian Unions from different provinces in South Africa met with the Consul-General of Nigeria in South Africa over the recent xenophobic attacks.
By Channels TV crews

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