- Clayson Monyela, a spokesperson to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in South Africa faults the reaction of Nigeria to recent xenophobic attacks in the country
- Monyela says Nigeria is the most vocal country when reacting to the attacks despite the fact that not a single Nigerian was killed in the incident
- The official insists that there were no Nigerian casualties during the public violence in South Africa
Clayson Monyela, a spokesperson to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in South Africa has accused Nigeria of overreacting to the recent xenophobic attack in the country.
The Cable on Sunday, September 15, stated that Monyela was reported by a South African platform, City Press, to have said that Nigeria was the most vocal in reacting to the attacks despite the fact that not a single Nigerian was killed in the incident.
“Ten out of the 12 people killed during the public violence are South Africans and two Zimbabweans. They were told ‘not a single Nigerian was killed yet your country is the most vocal’,” Monyela was quoted to have said.
“A challenge was thrown back at them to play their part in addressing the big challenge of international migration.
He called on countries to create a conducive environment that will not force citizens to leave their countries in droves, only to react when there is a problem in the receiving country.
The official said xenophobia was a general problem not only in South Africa but in the UK, US and other countries where foreign nationals reside.
Monyela stated that there was engagements with Nigerian envoy sent by President Buhari to South Africa with a view to ensuring that diplomatic ties between both countries remain intact.
In another report, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has dispatched three special envoys to seven African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity following xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the presidency said on Sunday, September 15.
The special envoys will deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence that recently erupted in some parts of South Africa, which have manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property, presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said.
Legit.ng gathered that the envoys will reassure fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity, Diko stated.
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