Xenophobia: S/Africans attack opposition leader Julius Malema for condemning attacks on Nigerians

Xenophobia: S/Africans attack opposition leader Julius Malema for condemning attacks on Nigerians

Julius Sello Malema, an opposition leader in South Africa, has come under attack after posting a thread of tweets condemning xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

Nigerians have been victims of severe xenophobic attacks from South Africans for years, a situation many Nigerians believe South African government is not addressing.

Some Nigerians in the Southern African nation have also been victims of extrajudicial killings by the operatives of South African Police Service.

From January to June 2019, 10 Nigerians have been killed, either by citizens of South Africans or South African Police Service.

Data reveal that not fewer than 127 Nigerians have been killed in three years, while 13 out of these were reportedly killed by South African police.

As the killings go unaddressed, some South Africans have also started indulging in mindless looting and destruction of businesses owned by Nigerians in the country.

In the wake of a renewed outrage by Nigerians to address the endless killings, an opposition leader in the country, Julius Sello Malema, condemned the attacks, stating that the 'anger' by his fellow South Africans is 'directed at wrong people'.

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Malema said those whose South Africans' anger should be directed at are the 'white monompoly capital' and the country's ruling party, African National Congress (ANC).

However, some South Africans have come against Malema for his anti-xenophobia tweet.

For instance, @i_malema believes Malema's tweet can jeopardise his chances of becoming the country's president in 2021.

Malema also responded to the tweet, saying he cannot sacrifice African's unity for election victory.

Mora Lerotholi also believed that Malema has more to lose than gain by standing against xenophobia.

See other responses by South Africans to Malema's tweets:

Some South Africans who responded to the tweets also justified the xenophobic attacks by claiming that the Nigerians killed in the country are drug lords. Some of their responses below:

There are, however, few South Africans who support Malema's stance on the xenophobic attacks. Some some below:

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the xenophobic attacks and has sent special envoy to South Africa to convey his concerns on the situation to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, September 3, by special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

Adesina said President Buhari noted with deep concern series of attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.

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