The South African government has dismissed Nigeria’s call for the African Union (AU) to intervene to end xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.
Over the weekend 30 shops belonging to foreigners were looted and burnt down in a Pretoria township.
But the spokesperson for the foreign affairs department, Clayson Monyela, told South Africa’s New Age paper that the attacks were isolated incidents:
It was just sporadic criminal incidents, the residents were clear that they were unhappy about drugs and prostitution.
You can deduce from that there are no nationalities targeted. South Africans are not xenophobic.
Earlier this week an adviser to Nigeria’s president said that 116 Nigerians had been killed in attacks in South Africa over the last two years.