Xenophobia: FG blows hot over attacks on Nigerians in South Africa

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South African police on Monday arrested several people following road blockades and violence by truckers protesting against the employment of foreign drivers.

A South African truck owners' association quoted by the HRW reported 75 such incidents since March this year, 15 of which were independently confirmed by the watchdog.

Nigeria's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has reacted to the violent attack of Nigerians in South Africa.

South African looters on Sunday night attacked foreign-owned businesses in central Johannesburg, a situation which affected many Nigerians. A Nigerian-owned Internet Café and computer accessories business was among the looted shops in Germiston.

Police arrested 41 people for the violence in Johannesburg, while 8 others were arrested in Tembisa township, east of Johannesburg, and one person arrested in the capitol Pretoria, police said.

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"It is inhumane to have Africans attacked like this".

It is important to see these events within its context. South Africa is home to many immigrants who never get attacked and there are many South Africans who get caught up in the senseless violence as well.

But the unrest here is largely an immigration issue.

Police spokesman for the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Jay Naicker said in a statement that at least 20 individuals had been arrested "in connection with incidents related to protests within the trucking industry". It was further learnt that some Nigerians are now hiding in bushes due to the violence meted out by South Africans. "There's also a charge of attempted murder being investigated".

There were clashes between police and rioters, and foreign-owned shops were reportedly looted and destroyed.

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