Ramaphosa to face questions on ‘safety and security’ of Nigerians in SA

Abuja- President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to face tough questions relating to the country’s plan to “safeguard Nigerians” living in South Africa.

Xenophobic attacks have become flare ups in South Africa, it has also targeted Nigerians living in the country and attacks on Nigerians was highlighted when Ramaphosa met with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday afternoon.

Ramaphosa is on state visit to Africa’s biggest economy to improve relations.

He addressed the 25th anniversary and annual meeting of export and import bank Afreximbank.

The annual meeting had a question-and-answer session, oil trader Uju Ifejika wanted to know what South Africa was doing to protect Nigerians.

She said, because South Africans had invested in Nigeria, no one had been attacked, while in SA there had been the “constant killing of Nigerians”.

“I will not want to come into a country where the safety of my employees is not guaranteed,” she said.

Ramaphosa reiterated that the safety and security of Nigerians would be part of his discussions with Buhari as they worked to improve relations between the two countries.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula also addressed the problem.

He said, “We are aware that a number of Nigerians feel fearful in the country,” he said, adding that the talks would focus on how relations could be improved “exponentially”.

Ramaphosa added, “South Africans have been exposed to an unsafe environment, exposed to criminality and we have historically had a number of challenges in this regard but to overlay on this we have had a huge challenge of unemployment.

“Our people have tended to react in a way that they want to safeguard their own interests and have expressed their fears and concerns through xenophobic types of attacks on other people and our government has been very clear and strong on this. We will act on anyone who attacks anyone based on race, their origin or the way they look.”

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