In Morning Crossfire 2019-09-03 09:56:12

For the last ten years, black foreigners from other African countries like Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Nigeria to name a few, have lost their lives,  their businesses and property to xenophobic attacks in South Africa.


First was the May 2008 attack targeted at Zimbabweans that rendered at least sixty-two people dead and over five thousand others homeless, some of whom were Nigerians.


Lately Nigerians seem to be suffering more and more attacks from South African nationals, especially with the recent killings of Nigerians and destruction of Nigerian-owned businesses in South Africa.


According to South Africa's 2016 Community Survey, it is estimated that 30,314 people, or about 2% of foreign-born people living in South Africa, are from Nigeria; whereas the United Nations estimate puts this figure at 27,326 in 2017.


Data also reveal that 127 Nigerians have been killed in three years, while 13 out of these were reportedly killed by the South African police. 


From January to June 2019, 10 Nigerians have been killed, either by citizens of South Africans or by the South African Police Service. A most recent wave of attacks started on Wednesday, August 28. Shops have been looted and razed and some lives have been lost. According to a report by BBCAfrica news, ‘the South African government does not collect data on attacks or threats against foreign nationals, however the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) has monitored these attacks across South Africa since 1994. Its Xenowatch tracker collates media reports as well as information from activists, victims and observers.’


President Muhammadu Buhari has reached out to the President of South Africa and they plan to meet in October for discussions relating to this matter. The voice of President Ramaphosa of South Africa features on the show and he says the following:


“We are going to discuss all that because we have such relations, we’ll talk about Nigerians who are dying in South Africa and we feel very sad about that. Our criminal justice system is working on it. Nobody should ever be killed even if there’s a dispute among people. It’s also good to have this opportunity in Japan to renew the bonds between ourselves and to talk about common things between South Africa and Nigeria. We know that we have to play a very key role in the further development of the continent.”


A trending video also shows the Deputy Minister of Police in South Africa making the following assertions.


“How can a city in South Africa be 80 percent foreigners? That is dangerous. So South Africans will surrender their own city to the foreign nationals. You won’t find South Africans in other countries dominating a city up to 80 percent because. In the future, all South Africans could be foreign nationals. It is not Xenophobia to talk truth. We fought for this land not only for us, for the generations of South Africans…


The question of dominance of foreign nationals… is an economic sabotage, disgrace against our people. These buildings are being occupied and hijacked by people and lunatics that we don’t know… their second hand goods and businesses of stolen goods and all sorts of criminal activities and we must do something about it.


A BBCAfrica news chart between 2008 and 2018 suggests violent attacks peaked in 2008 and again in 2015. According to news reports, scores of Nigerian-owned businesses have been destroyed in the attacks, while South-African owned businesses continue to thrive in Nigeria.  Nigerians clamour for shut down of South Africa-owned businesses in Nigeria until these attacks are stopped.


Is the first to speak on Morning Crossfire, he being a guest who joined in through phone from South Africa.


The in-studio guests have a lot to say and there are also other callers who made their voices and opinion count on the show. Watch the program and make your comments below.



How has the #XenophobicAttack affected the South Africa-Nigeria business relationship?


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  • Mr  Ejimofor Iyke - Executive Secretary, Nigeria- South Africa Chamber of Commerce
  • Orji Alexander - Centre for Protection of Nigerians in Diaspora
  • Adetola Olubajo - President, Nigerian Union South Africa {NUSA)
  • Achike Chude - Policy, Development Expert/Public Affairs Analyst


Morning Crossfire with @wemimospot & @SheriffQuadry, alongside @achike12


Written by Jude Chukwuemeka