Fact Check: Minister claims many Nigerians in SA are drug dealers

Fact Check: Minister claims many Nigerians in SA are drug dealers

- Xenophobia has rocked South Africa and other African nations in recent times, forcing politicians to respond to the situation

- A social media post claimed that a minister said many Nigerians living in South Africa were drug dealers

- Briefly.co.za explores this claim and the facts behind it to determine if this is true

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Xenophobic violence against foreign nationals in Gauteng recently forced the nation's politicians to take a stand.

With African nations condemning the instances of unrest targeting their citizens, the spotlight was cast on Mzansi.

A social media post claimed that International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor had made the following statement:

“In her recent interview with eNCA on recent the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Naledi Pandor, had said Nigerians in the country are the ones who mostly deal in drugs and harm its citizens."

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The post further quotes the minister as going on to say:

“Help us address the belief and the reality that our people have that there are many persons from Nigeria, who are dealing in drugs in our country, who are harming our young people by making drugs easily available to them.”

In the actual interview with eNCA, Pandor had been discussing an offer put forward by Nigeria to provide security which would have worked alongside local law enforcement to combat xenophobia.

The minister had explained how she had rejected the offer, continuing to say that:

“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 who are dealing in drugs in our country, who are harming our young people by making drugs easily available to them.”

Pandor had added that there is a 'belief' that Nigerians are 'involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices'.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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