CiZC Statement on Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

CiZC Statement on Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, (TUC) has urged the Federal Government to put modalities in place to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa, following the xenophobic attack.

While asking its citizens to stop the attacks, the South African government has also blamed illegal immigrants from Nigeria and other countries, as well immigrants who commit crime for the attacks.

The upper legislative chamber took the decision after‎ Rose Oko, a senator from Cross River north, moved a motion urging it to intervene in the resurgence of xenophobic attacks.

"While I blame the youths of the country for the attacks, I will blame the leaders of any country more that allows xenophobic attacks against fellow Africans for whatever reason".

The government of Zimbabwe must also take responsibility for creating an unpalatable environment which has resulted in many leaving the country in search of greener pastures thereby end up exposed to situations which many find themselves in today in South Africa.

She said on February 18, South Africans attacked and looted businesses belonging to Nigerians in Pretoria, pointing out that the acts violated Article 5 of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which provides that "no one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment".

Prior to the last recall that many Nigerians were also repatriated from Libya.

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"It is on record that thousands of South African children were brought to Nigeria, distributed across all the unity schools, fed and housed free, they were received with open arms".

"SERAP is calling on SADC to help South Africa demonstrate its leadership in addressing xenophobia and protecting the safety and rights of all, including Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country".

But the chairman of the joint committee, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, said henceforth attacks on Nigerians in South Africa would be handled on a "tit for tat basis".

CAPSDH therefore urges fellow Africans to stay calm in this hard time and avoid reprisal attacks on South Africans or boycotting their products.

South African high commissioner Lulu Mnguni said the nonviolent protests came after the National Association of Nigerian Students issued the deadly ultimatum to South Africans.

Other members of the delegation are Hon.

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