United Nations condemns xenophobic attacks: SA stores in Nigeria close

United Nations condemns xenophobic attacks: SA stores in Nigeria close

- The United Nations has condemned the unrest in South Africa on display this week

- This comes as South African interests in Nigeria have closed stores after coming under retaliation attacks

- The situation, which seems set to escalate, has garnered international criticism

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The xenophobic attacks plaguing South Africa this week have been met with backlash from fellow African nations and now from the United Nations.

Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that retaliation protests had been levied against both businesses and diplomatic centres in both Nigeria and Zambia.

The SABC noted that MTN and Shoprite stores in Nigeria had been forced to close doors after outlets came under attack.

MTN in Nigeria has revealed that it will be closed until further notice in their attempts to safe-guard their stores.

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BusinessLIVE has reported that Zimbabwean officials have dubbed the attacks as having offended the 'spirit of African unity'.

This situation has caught the attention of the United Nations, which condemned the violence, adamant that the attacks are xenophobic in nature.

UN secretary-general spokesperson Stephane Dujarric commented on the entity's official views, saying that:

"The secretary-general condemns the acts of violence that we've seen reported in different provinces in South Africa, including attacks on foreigners, destruction of property and businesses owned by foreigners. It is very important that all political leaders clearly and openly condemn the violence."

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently spoke out against the ongoing protests aimed at foreign nationals, calling for peace among citizens.

With the World Economic Forum currently underway in Cape Town, where protests against violence flared, the president will have a hard time convincing investors of the safety in the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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