Over 300 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa

South Africa: Nigeria to repatriate 600 citizens amid violence

Zimbabweans in SA fear fresh attacks

Ten people, including two foreigners, were killed in the city last week when mobs attacked foreign-owned businesses.

In Katlehong, a township around 35 kilometres south east of commercial hub Johannesburg, 755 foreign nationals including 228 children are being cared for at community centres after fleeing violence.

With the violence threatening to continue into this week Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane is set to brief the media on Tuesday on interventions to quell the ongoing violence against foreign nationals in Johannesburg. Some of the men were armed with sticks and pangas. Calm had been restored by Monday morning, according to the police.

The flare-up in violence directed against mainly African foreigners has been widely condemned by South Africa's neighbours and has caused a diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and South Africa, the continent's top two economies. Their increased prevalence in several poor areas has sparked resentment among locals, who see them as competitors for jobs, business opportunities and affordable housing.

On Tuesday, News24 reported that the Nigerian government had informed the public on its website and via Twitter that the proprietor of Air Peace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema, had volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday, September 6, 2019, to evacuate Nigerians who wished to return home free of charge. Another seven people died in similar attacks in 2015.

On the other hand, South Africans have been taking to the streets in protest against gender-based violence, calling for harsher punishment for perpetrators and action from government.

The minister said 640 Nigerian nationals have been registered by the Nigerian Mission in South Africa for return.

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Meanwhile the African Transformation Movement (ATM) has called the violent attacks on foreign nationals a manufactured means created to drive a wedge between South Africans and its continental neighbours to deliberately isolate South Africa from other countries in Africa.

The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation hasn't been notified of the evacuation plans, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said by phone from Pretoria.

"Lawlessness is a crime against our prosperity and stability as a nation, and those who want to upset our public order must expect to face the gravest impact of the law".

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