Over 200 Nigerians flee SA: Politicians at odds over who's to blame

Over 200 Nigerians flee SA: Politicians at odds over who's to blame

- 300 more Nigerians have been flown back to Lagos in the second evacuation following violence targeting foreign nationals

- This comes as South African politicians vocalise their various views on the issue of xenophobia in the country

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has dispatched special envoys to apologise, while others made their disapproval clear

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Wednesday saw 300 more Nigerians fleeing South Africa back to Lagos, the second batch since the recent unrest began.

Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for the national emergency management agency in Nigeria, estimated that 314 evacuees had returned to their origin country.

News24 reports that a large crowd had waited to greet the passengers at the airport when they arrived at around 9pm.

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Briefly.co.za reported that last week had seen nearly 200 Nigerians repatriated, welcomed home with gifts from fellow countrymen.

In response to backlash following the violence, centred largely in Gauteng, President Cyril Ramaphosa had disbursed special diplomatic envoys to reconcile with African countries.

However, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and SACP secretary general Blade Nzimande had both vocalised the opinion that South Africans should have received the first apology.

Both politicians had felt that the protests had indicated the strain felt by locals who compete with foreigners for economic opportunities and battle with crimes allegedly perpetrated by them.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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