South African Foreign Affairs Minister, Naledi Pandor, has linked the resurgent Xenophobic attacks to law breaking practices, stating that Nigerians in their nation are indulging in drugs dealing, trafficking in human beings and other associated criminal operations.
The minster made this statement in response to the fall outs which the heated attacks on foreigners have caused between the two Nations.
“I would appreciate them in helping us as well to address the belief our people have and the reality that there are many persons from Nigeria dealing in drugs in our country.
“I believe that Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices.
“These kind of assistance of ensuring that such persons do not come to our country will be of great assistance to our nation,”
TheCable quoted her as saying; Pandor who in an interview with ‘eNCA’, a South African news website, solicited for President Muhammadu Buhrai’s help in tackling different criminalities in the country averred, that Nigeria needs to help address the belief that its countrymen are involved in criminal activities.
However, the minister said the South African government was aware of a resentment-driven “Afrophobia” and was working to restore calm.
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