SA and Nigeria to apologise to each other following xenophobic attacks

SA and Nigeria to apologise to each other following xenophobic attacks

- South Africans and Nigerians will be apologising to each other in an attempt to end animosity after recent xenophobic attacks

- The Nig-SA Unity Forum seeks to provide a platform in order for the two nations to agree on a way forward on Wednesday

- Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, one of the leaders of the event, says that SA needs to understand Africa's role in ending apartheid

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South Africans and Nigerians living in Mzansi will be aiming to mend fences as the Nig-SA Unity Forum aims to alleviate tensions.

An event held on Wednesday in Midrand hopes to find a lasting peace between the two African nations. reported that xenophobic attacks had led to retaliation in other countries, with envoys dispatched in the hopes of obtaining unity.

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African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe is one of the officials leading the event and says that SA needs to understand how other countries aiding in bringing about liberation:

“We felt that it is important to try to reconcile the two groups [Nigerians and South Africans] and other nationals. Nigerians contributed to the liberation of South Africa… We think that we need to retain relations with them."

Speaking to SowetanLIVE, Meshoe acknowledged that Nigerians have been caught up in 'illegal activity', but insisted that it was incorrect to paint the nation 'with the same brush'.

SABC reports that hundreds of businesses were affected by the violence, with many foreign nationals choosing to flee the country.

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